Sunday, October 18, 2009


I was just thinking about why people love movies so much. Maybe it's because in a story, you are able to find yourself in it. You can relate. You've been there before. Or possibly, you're in that exact situation while you are watching that moment unfold in the movie. And you are secretly hoping for resolution in your own life too.

It's quite thrilling when you see that conflict being overcome. That scene when hope starts rising again in the movie and in you. That "aha" moment when everything just clicks.

I was watching Coach Carter and I love that scene where a student recites these lines about shining. So powerful. I was looking up its origins and wow, it's even better in its original form. And I was thinking that's all I want to do with my life. I want to shine. I want to enable others to shine too. I really want to be a shining star.

“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'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.”

-from A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson.

It's time to SHINE!

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