Our Deepest Fear

I have just finished watching Coach Carter and once again, I found myself profoundly moved by the “Our Deepest Fear” quote.    From the start of his coaching stint at his old high school, Coach Carter kept asking his problematic student, Timo Cruz the question “What is your deepest fear?”.  Towards the end, the disturbed youth answered him with the following:

“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. 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. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Apparently the original passage comes from a book entitled Return to Love by Marianne WIlliamson, a spiritual author and lecturer.

“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.”

Who amongst us has not ever felt insecure of ourselves?  Is there any person dead or living who never felt, not even for a moment, that maybe he is not good enough to be able to do something?  I think this fear of being inadequate is innate in all of us.  And I believe that this reflex reaction of self-doubt keeps us from moving forward and being the best we could be.

But the passages above give out a clear message of empowerment.  We all have the potential to do great things.  And in doing great things, we inspire others to do the same.  And this cycle of success and inspiration should continue to drive us forward and up, first as an individual, then as a community, then as a country and later on as a kind.

So let us break out of our shell of fear and face the world with a new purpose.

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Jayce Cairo

Jayce is a linguaphile who speaks four languages and currently works as a translator to finance her various interests. Scoring very high on “Openness to Experience” on the Big Five Personality Test, she is an avid globetrotter who aspires to retire at 35 and travel for the rest of her life.

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