Do you ever notice how easy it is to play down your skills or your talent when someone compliments you? When someone gives a huge pat on the back do you accept knowing it is true or do you do like I sometimes can and say “oh, it’s nothing, really“. I once gave my camera all the credit for taking photos and deep down inside resented people for telling me my camera did all the work. I couldn’t blame them because they were simply uneducated in the department of photography and so was I in playing real. It is very easy to play small when we don’t truly understand the nature of our talent and ability to the core of which is centered within us.
There is nothing better than watching two people sit over a cup of coffee and empower one another to continue growing and evolving. I love it when I can lift someone up and show them their real skill, genuinely. How many times do you do this for yourself during the course of a day? How often do you find yourself doubting your capability to develop ideas and concepts no one else ever thought of? In my experience this only comes in times of quiet and stillness and unless we are able to be still and rest in our own nature we are going to be tempted to play small. Being real takes courage and should never be confused with over confident or entitled. In fact, I have experienced “playing” real has come from experiences of humility and in return I am humbled to acknowledge my talents or skills. I don’t go searching for appreciation or accolades…..I just hold steady in the knowing that I have come a long way and I have an even longer journey ahead of me that I welcome with an open heart and mind.
Are you willing to make it a practice to acknowledge your ability to do great things and as a gift to the rest of the world, share in acknowledging the same in others?