Monday, September 04, 2006

Wisdom from Akeelah and the Bee

The family struggled hard amongst playing children to watch the movie Akeelah and the Bee. In this movie there was a deep and moving quote which I will keep with me from now on which states:

 

“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.”  – by  Marianne Williamson

 

To add to that I must say that infinite power comes from releasing the inner power within you and enabling it to be achieved in others. To excel without fear and teach others the same with hopes that they surpass you is the true key to success. This reminds me of the Hadith in where there was a servant of Allah that asked and begged Allah to give him wealth, until one day he finally did. The Servant then filled his house full of desirable things and invited everyone to come and take that which they needed and they took until his house was bare. Then the servant began to pray again for wealth, and Allah told the angels to give the man what he asked for. The angels where baffled by this and asked why when the man would only fill his house and give it away. And Allah said that he is not going to beat me in giving.

 

I really like that Hadith. I don’t know what book it is in and any serious scholar would give me a scolding for that, but I believe it is Sahih, however even if it is Daif there is wisdom in it.

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