Friday, May 05, 2006

Akeelah and the Bee

My friends in Los Angeles gave me a choice between two movies, United 93 and Akeelah and the Bee, so I went to see the latter with them last night. I had some doubts, but it ended up being a decent film. the selling point for me was Lawrence Fishburne. I really enjoy the roles I have seen him in.

During the film, a lengthy quote by Marianne Williamson is read a couple of times. Nelson Mandela once used the quote in a speech, and it often gets attributed to him. I have posted it here. I hope it inspires you.

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 and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
people won't feel insecure around you.

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.

-Marianne Williamson


Anonymous said...

Billy - would you mind if I posted this on my website? I think it is an amazing quote - even more powerful in its entirety.
I'd like to pass it on.

Thank you for taking the time to research it and post it - it's amazing.

Anonymous said...

Oh - I hit send without putting my name - that was from me, Gemma.