Friday, February 23, 2007

Coach Carter : What is your deepest fear?

Recently I saw the movie Coach Carter in the telly. I really love to see movies where the victory over difficult circumstances is shown and dramatised and this movie definitely falls into that list.

This is a true story in which Samuel L. Jackson plays the controversial high school basketball coach who benched his undefeated team due to their collective poor academic record in 1999.

He constanly asks one difficult student "What is your deepest fear?". The kid in question always avoids this question and in one of the scenes answers the following...

Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate,
but that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that 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 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.

Marianne Williamson from her book "A Return to Love"

Isn't this amazing?

PS: This is my 700th post. Thank you everyone for reading my blogs and commenting on the same.


Publia said...

700! Wow!!! Congratulations for all your posts.

Jon said...

Bala, just how do you do it?!

This post is so pertinent to how I'm feeling just now...a wonderfully inspirational and affirming post my friend, for which I give my thanks...

Can confirm that the meditation is in progress, and going well, not to mention benificial.

Speak soon dude :-)


Balaji said...

@Publia >> thank you very much. You most definitely are one of my most prized readers.

@Jon>> I am really glad toknow that you find it inspirational as I did myself.

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