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[Poetry Friday] “Our Deepest Fear” by Marianne Williamson

You are not inadequate. You are capable of doing great things.

Fats here.

Last night, I watched Disney’s The Lion King Musical in Key Bank State Theater in Cleveland, Ohio. It was spectacular, to say the least. My heart is still bursting with excitement as I write this post. In celebration of such an enthralling production, I’m sharing a poem that reminded me of Simba’s fear and doubt when Nala found him in the jungle and begged him to come home and save their land. Really, this poem is for anyone who feels that they are inadequate and incapable of greatness.

Kathryn Apel is hosting this week’s Poetry Friday round-up! Thank you!

Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.

We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?

Read the rest of the poem here.

Fats is the Assistant Manager for Circulation Services at the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio. She considers herself a reader of all sorts, although she needs to work on her non-fiction reading. Fats likes a good mystery but is not too fond of thrillers. She takes book hoarding seriously and enjoys collecting bookmarks and tote bags. When she is not reading, Fats likes to shop pet apparel for her cat Penny (who absolutely loathes it).

8 comments on “[Poetry Friday] “Our Deepest Fear” by Marianne Williamson

  1. lindabaie

    I saw “The Lion King” with a grandson long ago & I agree, it is fabulous, Fats. Love the poem, one I would have loved to share with my students, some of whom did not like to show their gifts: “And as we let our own light shine,
    We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” Beautiful!

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  2. Linda KulpTrout

    Fats, I agree with everything Linda said about the poem. Being able to give ourselves permission to figure out and then show our gifts is something I still struggle with even though I’m now a senior citizen. : ) Thanks for sharing this one!

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  3. Thank you for sharing! I agree that the thing many people fear is what they are capable of. From a young age were focused on fitting in which doesn’t allow us to focus on our light. Thank you again for sharing I really enjoyed this!

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  4. Thank you for sharing! I agree that often we are afraid of the light in our side ourselves! When we grow up trying to fit in, that light is a very scary thing.


  5. What an empowering poem. ‘Who are you not to be? … It’s in everyone.’ Created to shine bright. Thank-you for sharing, Fats – and linking in.

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  6. laurashovan222

    Fats, we went to see The Lion King on Broadway 16 years ago — an unforgettable experience. The costumes and staging take your breath away. Thank you for this poem. It reminds me of a quote from choreographer Laurieann Gibson: Do not make any other choice than believing in the greatness you were born to give.


  7. Kay Mcgriff

    Thank you for sharing this poem. I needed the reminder. Don’t we all some days? Many of the poems in that post are keepers, too.


  8. Wonderful poem. Thanks for sharing it. Some days I need her words taped to my mirror!

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