Playing Small

“There is no passion to be found in playing
small — settling for a life that is less than
the one you are capable of living.”

—Nelson Mandela: South African anti-apartheid revolutionary who served as President of South Africa

Gary’s thoughts to Mike:

The part that I have trouble with is the last 3 words, “…capable of living.”  Would that be @F-L-O-W if “capable” was defined by the person saying/thinking the phrase?  I know in most cases when someone reads that, they may think based on what society says/thinks one should be capable of doing.

Mike’s response:

The whole quote is BS [Blank Slate] because it defines or assumes a common standard.  All of us need to play smaller.  We have somehow gotten brainwashed about more!!

Some will emerge bigger.  If someone has to cajole you as Mandela does, then maybe you should consider what that really means to the cajoled as well as the cajoler!!

Gary’s follow-up:

The more and more I work at understand how to Live at FLOW the more I realize [I hope] that Living at FLWO means accepting each of us as we are.  We are all born perfect, yet with our own ways of seeing the world.

Looking at the quote again and considering Mike’s response, when Mandela said  “There is no passion to be found in playing small…” he can only reference what that means for him, as another person may be very passionate about “playing small”  and even the phrase “playing small” can be defined differently by different people based on their own point of reference.

So the quote may work great for Nelson Mandela and not work so well for anyone else.

There is no “one size fits all” and when we each stop trying to project our values and philosophy onto others, we may find our world a much better place to live.

Please comment and give your perspective as that is how we may each grow in our own individual journey through life.

For me, “Living @F-L-O-W” is helpi9ng me to see my world in a whole new way.