Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Needing inspiration today?

It's no secret that I LOVE inspirational sports movies. Rudy (one of the originals), A League of Their Own, Remember the Titans, The Rookie, Mighty Ducks, Cool Runnings... just to name a few. I could list them for days.

On my snow day at home yesterday, Coach Carter came on... another fav of mine. One of the best moments (in my opinion) is this part when one of players stands up and recites what I originally thought was a poem, but is actually an excerpt from A Return To Love, a book by motivational speaker and author Marianne Williamson. Regardless I think it's incredibly poignant and so accurate about a lot of people (I'm including myself in this group). Check out the clip and the text below.

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, handsome, talented and 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 within us.
It is not just in some; it is in everyone.

And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

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