Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Akeelah and the Bee

I really enjoyed the movie. I think it's a wonderful, affirming story for all ages, even adults. Yeah, it's predictable, but it holds your interest through and through, and it's a good story. It's certainly better than a lot of tripe out there.

I particular love this essay by Marianne Williamson, which conveys the basic theme of the movie, and by which I'd like to abide:


Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson

Our Deepest Fear
by Marianne Williamson


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 is not just in some of us; it is 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.

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2 comments:

September said...

can't wait to see the movie...

Ray Wong said...

It's good.