Bravery was in the air earlier this week when the school community gathered for the first chapel of the academic year. New English teacher Bridget Tsemo dropped the pebble in the pond reading from “Our Deepest Fear,” by Marianne Williamson, on having the courage to be “brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous.” On the heels of that, Director of Dance Tony Guglietti put his own feet to work with an impressively expressive interpretation of Sara Barieiles’ song “Brave.”
Dean of Faculty and School Chaplain Bobby Fisher then spoke about being brave. Touching on Rosa Parks, William Wallace’s brave heart in the film Braveheart, and the tragic bravado of the Newtown parents, “bravery,” he said, “is somehow intimately bound to our freedom, and to our most sacred journey into living a full life.” Whether in the face of being new, being different, or simply being brave enough to be a friend, Bobby acknowledged that there were no doubt as many embodiments of bravery at Pomfret as there were individuals sitting in the chapel on that Monday morning. “Each of you has a place here,” he said, “each of us has something wonderful to offer . . . Will you be brave enough to reach and stretch and test your character to see what you are made of?”
Bobby’s challenge and advice to all for the year is to take our brave hearts and strive to make Pomfret a stronger, wiser, and more all-inclusive community.
“And in every moment possible,” he added, “be brave!”
Our Deepest Fear
by Marianne Williamson from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles
“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’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.”