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On the long walk to freedom
Move forward, looking up
Learn how to seek for wisdom
Overcome what is tough

Let your own light shine
Even as children do
Believe, give it time
You are unique, be you

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”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 GodYour playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s 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 that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone.And as we let our own light shine, We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa, from 1994 Inaugural Address


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