We went to see "Akeelah and he Bee" (good) this afternoon. It's an inspirational story about a poor black girl from Los Angeles who enters a school spelling bee and makes it all the way to the National Finals. Laurence Fishburne stars as her coach and Angela Bassett stars as her mother. The large supporting cast plays the "village" that it takes to get Akeelah to the finals. I liked it, and it sends a really good message to children. Roger Ebert loved it (4 stars), but the NY Times thought it was just good.
Also, last night we watched a Netflix DVD of "Coach Carter" (good)... about a poor black basketball team that makes it to the state finals.
Both of these movies quoted the following from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles, by Marianne Williamson:
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 is not just in some of us; it is 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.
I thought it was interesting that both inspirational movies about doing something extraordinary chose this quote to motivate the characters.
... now I have to go pack my suitcase.