Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Facing fear

In the movie, Coach Carter, the coach (Samuel L. Jackson)
repeatedly asks the players, this funny question which leaves them wondering:
"Sir, what is your deepest fear?"
None replies, till the end when the students take a decision on their own.
At a turn, when they take a stand out of their conviction,
he's what one of them (Lyle) says:
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 were all meant to shine, as children do.
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.
I remember Claudius sharing his experience during his PT in Nashik
and then someone posing him this question: "What are you afraid of?"
I have found myself trying to answer this question every time I hesitate to take
a decision or arrive at a conclusion. It has been a great source of
guided introspection and 'peeling of masks/layers' under which I take shelter.

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