Words of self-help guru helped Mun­ster to glory

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - SPORTS -

WHILE he was pre­dis­posed to The Lion King, Kid­ney also had a choice of in­spi­ra­tional ma­te­rial aimed at his play­ers. This in­cluded stronger stuff, such as Mar­i­anne Williamson’s ‘Re­turn to Love, Re­flec­tions on the Prin­ci­ples of “A Course in Mir­a­cles”’ (Harper Pa­per­backs, 1996).

One pas­sage reads: ‘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’s 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.’

Williamson’s lines – which ap­pear in a fa­mous speech in the movie Coach Carter – were kept by Kid­ney un­til the hours be­fore Mun­ster faced Biar­ritz in 1994 – and duly claimed their first Euro­pean ti­tle.

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