This quote, often attributed to Nelson Mandela, interests me – because we don’t often think, as men, of being afraid of our own power, light and even brilliance. I believe there is a measure of truth here – for several reasons but one I want to emphasize. It centers on the idea of freedom. The awareness that we are free to make choices that affect our destiny and the lives of others, decisions that shape our beliefs and the kind of life we commit to, can be overwhelming. We are called to be great – in how we love, the contributions we make to the lives of others, our faith in light and God, and to ourselves. Stepping beyond this fear – of the immense responsibility and the anxiety created in trying to live out a determined, magnificent life – becomes the hallmark of a man whose courage takes him closer to his full potential – to live fully alive, to make a difference and to live powerfully beyond measure.
“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.” Marianne Williamson