Our Deepest Fear

Our Deepest Fear

A few years back my hubby was camping with my boys and I was taking advantage of a quiet night at home. I was up late with a lot on my mind and I was flipping through channels on the tv trying to find something worth watching .  I came across the end of the show “Akeelah and the Bee” and a quote that would completely change my way of thinking.  It was one of those ah-ha moments that I had no idea was coming but the words were exactly what I needed to hear.  This quote was on the wall of Dr Larabee’s office and Akeelah was asked to read it when she begins to doubt herself.  I went straight to my computer and looked up the entire quote:

“Dr. Larabee: Does that mean anything to you?
Akeelah: I don’t know.
Dr. Larabee: It’s written in plain English. What does it mean?
Akeelah: That I’m not supposed to be afraid?
Dr. Larabee: Afraid of what?
Akeelah: Afraid of… me?”

It really made me think of what causes us to have fear.  What causes us to be content with being average? Or what holds us back from being fabulous?  We tell our children that they can be anything they want to be, but what about us?  Do we really believe that?  What about our goals and our dreams?  What kind of example are we for our children if we hide our talents because of fear.  “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”  We are powerful beyond measure!   I had never, ever thought of fear this way before.  I had never thought that maybe we hold ourselves back for fear of success and what that might bring and what others might think about us.  This one little quote has given me courage to share my talents and strength to try new and sometimes scary things.