Friday, February 09, 2007

Our Deepest Fear

After I calmed down from my bad dream I thought watching a DVD would help me fall back asleep. I popped in "Akeelah and the Bee", a title I picked up on an impulse trip to Tar-get. It was such a GREAT movie, i ended up watching the whole thing. It was exactly the positive and affirming message I needed to move past my turbulent night of sleep.

As much as I found the entire plot and storyline enjoyable and relevant, one scene took the cake for me. Upon the urging of her new spelling coach, Dr. Larabee, Akeelah reads this quote, which sets the tone for the entire movie:

Our Deepest Fear
by Marianne Williamson from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

“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.”

Ms. Williamson's words help me face the doubt and insecurity I hold concerning my academic future and my growing responsibility within this family.

I found these words so powerful, they are posted on my wall. Everytime I wake up, I'll be reminded of the importance of affirming your greatness by embracing it and expecting success.

I hope this brilliant poem, along with "Akeelah and the Bee" finds its way into your homes and hearts.


life said...

I had to learn this poem while I was going through a process and I found it to be very powerful

Will said...

Very nice...and you know it's so very true. Our fears are not doing badly; we are definitely afraid of doing well.

Kim said...

My six year old son Dorien, watched this movie three time and memorized this powerful poem. The entire movie from beginning to end was very inspirational.