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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate

It has been an amazing experience working in the new independent country of South Sudan. Many Juba residents are excited about the future that the country holds for them. They have come from being a war torn country and now to an independent state, isn’t that amazing? I guess they have pulled their act together for the better of the nation and people got tired of war.

Mostly though in such situations you find mothers and children who go through much more than they had ever imagined. I have talked to many and learnt a few things, most important of which:

1.War changes you as a person, makes you grow in your spirituality and you learn a lot about yourself as a human being
2.Tragedy is not always a traversty it may bring you hardship but you are made stronger as a woman
3.Your children and their survival is what keeps you alive and at times consumes you
4.Women too can fight for their rights
5.The mind is powerful and your thoughts can transform you

As women we sometimes fail to remember that we too can use our thoughts to transform us. Even when going through the biggest tragedy the light prevails in the end.

I love these words (not sure said by whom):
“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? You are a child of God.”

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MaDube's picture

Thank you

Thank you for your story. In the past 4 months I have worked a lot on Sudan and I have come to know more about it than I ever did before and indeed I salute the mothers who have stood firm against all the tragedies that have befallen their beautiful nation and have emerged as strong tigresses.

nkinyanjui's picture

I love that you used the

I love that you used the phrase 'strong tigresses' that's exactly it...

sibusisiweyona's picture

These are the words written

These are the words written by Marianne Williamson and they were also used by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inaugural speech. I love these words too they are very inspirational thanks for sharing them with everyone. stay blessed
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, handsome, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some; it is in everyone.

And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

stay blessed
From Sibusisiwe

zoneziwoh's picture

Re:Sibusisiwe

Dear Sister, many thanks for this inspiring quote and words. It is very encouraging and uplifting.
I beg for your permission to share it on my blog and friends @ http://zofem.blogspot.com

Thanks

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

facebook: Zoneziwoh

twitter: @ZoFem

nkinyanjui's picture

Sibusisiwe, thanks for

Sibusisiwe, thanks for posting the whole poem, its a good one to keep as a mantra.

sibusisiweyona's picture

hey

well go ahead and use them words just make sure you put Marianne Williamson as the author i was just helping Naomi finish up the poem and it is great isnt it and best of all it was said by a woman.

thanks

Sibusisiwe

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