I am a quote person; I love jotting down little bits of wisdom from books or movies. My favourite quote of all time (so far!) is one that I first heard on the movie “Akeelah and the Bee;” a scene in which Dr. Larabee (Lawrence Fishburn) is helping to coach a young girl (Keke Palmer) for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Although it was edited for the movie, I will quote it in its entirety:
“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.”
This quote for me encapsulates the very concept of movement and growth. It is about self-reflection; an inherent need to understand who we are and to allow our true nature to shine, regardless of the lessons we may have been taught about ourselves as a child. It is a quote about giving ourselves permission to find our way; allowing humility and love for ourselves to create an avenue of growth for others.
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