‘IF YOU THINK you’re too small to make a difference,
try spending the night with a mosquito.’
— African proverb.
I’m cheating again as this is not my own photo, but it has been a busy week, and this is the most interesting response I could think of for the ‘Small’ theme.
It also reminds me of the inspirational text incorrectly attributed to Nelson Mandela‘s inaugural speech as President of South Africa:
‘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.’
If I am ‘playing small’ it is usually because I doubt my potential to make a difference. Or I know I have the potential, but feel afraid of the responsibility and consequences if I accept that I can make a difference. Either way, I am wrong.
Today I led a workshop to motivate colleagues to support vulnerable young adults to achieve their potential. I believe I made a difference.