Inspirational - 03 September 2006
Do you ever have those moments when you feel that the person up above is talking to you? (If you believe in a supreme being that is.)
Well, I think I am having one of those days. Today, I watched a dvd I rented, Akeelah and the Bee. The movie was "ok" but nothing wonderful. Although, the little girl was a great actress. I had thought it was based on a true story, but apparently not. Anyway, she read this poem that her coach had on the wall, and I swear it was the first time I had heard it, but I thought, WOW. What a great poem.
SO I came to the net to search for it, but couldn't find it referenced anywhere.
SO, here I am at 9:30, nothing else to watch, started watching Coach Carter. It had already been on 30 minutes, so that is something I usually don't do, but it involved me and there was nothing else on.
So, here I sit and it comes to a scene, won't describe it in case you haven't seen it, but where one of the players quotes a poem. You guessed it! This same poem. So, I searched yet again for the poem and finally found it.
Ironically, it turns out that this poem was used in part during Nelson Mandela's inaugural speech. So, I guess many think that he was the author, but he is not. It was actually a woman. Marianne Williamson. I was so captivated by this poem, and that what are the odds of hearing it twice in one day, that I felt compelled to share it.
Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles (See note below about Nelson Mandela)
?ur 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.
Think about it...