January 31, 2005

Dear Friends,

If someone were to ask you, "What is your deepest fear?" what would you tell them? A few nights ago I went to see the movie "Coach Carter". I have never seen a movie that has touched me to the depth of my soul as that movie did.

I laughed, I cried, I cheered, I yelled out yes, thatís right, nearly embarrassed myself I got so caught up in it. I wish that everyone could see that wonderful movie.

Itís a movie filled with "tough love" and figuring out what is REALLY important in life. In one scene the coach asked one of the tough street guys that was playing for him, "What is your deepest fear?" The kid looked at him as if he were crazy, not able to come up with an answer. Near the end of the film this tough street kid stood to his feet and I burst into tears as he quoted the following:

"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, and 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 ENLIGHTENING ABOUT SHRINKING SO THAT OTHER PEOPLE WONíT FEEL UNSURE AROUND YOU. 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. 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."

Nelson Mandela
(From his 1994 Inaugural address)

I hope you will read this and then read it again. I hope it will give you the courage to step out and be everything you can be.

Print it out and send it to a young person you know that may be struggling with the questions, "who am I" and "why am I here".

We are NEVER too old or too young to accomplish something great in our lives. Do not EVER let FEAR stop you from being what you KNOW you can be. As my husband told me when I was about to do "Surreal Life", "honey, go!" Let your light SHINE! So my message to you is let nothing stop you! Press on toward your goal in life! Drop the word FEAR from your vocabulary and SHINE my friend, SHINE!

  Much love,





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