Our Deepest Fear….Posted: March, 21 2010 in Blog, classroom diversity, cultural diversity, culture diversity, diverse, Diverse Casting, diversity, diversity cultural, diversity definition, diversity ethnic, diversity management, diversity of, diversity program, diversity species, diversity training, ethnic diversity, gay, gay films, gay marriage, latino films, Lesbian, Lesbian films, ma vie en rose, managing diversity, multicultural, multicultural activities, multicultural art, Multicultural casting, multicultural day, multicultural issues, multicultural lesson, multicultural literature, multicultural people, multicultural society, multicultural world, multiculturalism, multiculture, muslim films, tolerance, tolerances, tolerence, what is diversity, work diversity, workforce diversity, workplace diversity
Ladies and gentlemen the time has come! That day is today. Together we are starting a new journey towards a new reality. Towards a world that celebrates our strength and our gift of diversity. A world that celebrates all religions, all lifestyles, all cultures, all. For many years we have been called upon by world leaders, religious teachers, celebrities and the like to understand and embrace the idea that we are all one. That our strength lies in us all working together. Today we achieve the dream. Today we celebrate our individual oneness.
I have to admit I am pretty nervous and very excited. WE are about to step into an even more wonderful world. To be honest it has taken a lot for me to write this blog entry and to step into the place of leading this movement. As a matter of fact, it was very difficult even to type the word leading in the last sentence, but here we are. Elizabeth and I would like to share with you the poem that pushed me as an individual over the edge and into action. A very dear friend of mine (Austin Willacy) shared a very famous poem with me today. A poem that I, until today had never heard. I hope that it will be as inspirational for you as it was for me today.
Our Deepest Fear – 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 and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of
God that is within us.
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.
This is a movement of connection. I know that you will join us in pooling together our time, our talents, and our treasures. Together we will empower artists, writers, musicians, poets, and actors to create new stories for us to tell, and retell old stories for us to remember. The idea that you can or can’t be something because of your religion, sexual orientation or color ENDS. Today we define the saying “You can do anything!” by creating positive images that will change the way that people see themselves and the world around them. I know that you will join us, because today is the day and we are the people. We are the ones that we have been waiting for.
Today we have set the bar high and we know that together we can reach it. We are looking to raise funds to produce our first animated series. An animated series that celebrates diversity through the retelling of global folktales. These multicultural friends will journey through different worlds, experience world folktales and discover ways to overcome their problems together.
Our vision is to raise the funding through one-dollar-a-month donations from one million people. So if you have a dollar and believe in diversity in and through media we hope that you will contribute that dollar via our donations page or simply mail a check for one dollar (or if you’d like to be efficient, $12 for the year!) to
Lightning Bug Studios
7500 W. Mississippi Ave, Ste B-150
Lakewood, CO 80226
One dollar a month and a forward is all it takes to raise the funding of this project. So please pass it on to your friends and let’s begin the process of making diversity in media a reality. Today! Also with your donation you will receive a copy of our first ever Lightning Bugs audio book. Our 501c3 status will be confirmed soon and all of your donations are tax deductible. We just found out that upon approval the 501c3 status is retroactive. Win! Win!
Troy and Elizabeth