A Guy Falls in Hole

This guy’s walking down the street when he falls in a hole.
The walls are so steep he can’t get out.

–A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up,
‘Hey you. Can you help me out?’ The doctor writes a
prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on.

–Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up,
‘Father, I’m down in this hole can you help me out?’
The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on.

–Then a friend walks by, ‘Hey, Joe, it’s me can you help me out?’
And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, ‘Are you stupid?
Now we’re both down here.’ The friend says,
‘Yeah, but I’ve been down here before and I know the way out.’

–Leo McGarry, The West Wing

Our Deepest Fear

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.
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 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 are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

–Marianne Williamson