What’s the difference between vision and ambition?

a seagull flying against a blue sky

I love the quote often assigned to Nelson Mandela but actually from Marianne Williamson that says: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure… We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? …Your playing small does not serve the world.”

I understand the call to action, but I have a concern that in pushing forwards people may follow only their ambition, become self serving, if you like, rather than creating a vision in which the world can benefit.

Perhaps the question is about the balance between self serving and service? Or is this me still wanting only to play in the shadows?

In case you’ve never caught the full quote, I’ll add it here:

“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.”

A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles, Harper Collins, 1992. From Chapter 7, Section 3 (Pg. 190-191).

 

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