Storytime Saturday, featuring an excerpt from A Million Little Boxes – a work story.
I decided that I’d refuse to let a building define me. I’d refuse to allow any company, or entity, or job, or anything define who I was as a person. As a human. As a man. The contents of that building did not define my success. My success was not in there. It’s in here. It’s within my chest. Within this soul. I am defined by who I am, and what I do…what I believe and what I feel…what I’m capable of…not by the whim of some fucking corporation. Interestingly, it was brought to my attention that I may be afraid to move forward, that I feared success more than I feared failure. The thought of that shit had me up in arms, like “what?” You’ve got to be kidding me, right? “All I want is success”, I’d tell myself. But you know what? Maybe I was.
so true! Nelson Mandela said:
“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.”
Such a powerful quote, that one…and so very true and applicable to our daily lives and challenges. Letting our own light shine is just the beginning. Thanks so much for stopping by and for sharing these brilliant words!
I think it’s important to remind ourselves that the secret to success lies in the small acts. Put your heart, mind, and soul into every small act working towards that huge success. Because each small act, is a small success. If you think of the BIG success itself …and getting there…that is enough to scare anybody off, because you don’t want to fail. But failure is not fatal, what is fatal is slowly dying inside because you never found the courage to try. If you are doing what you love, and love what you are doing, than you are already successful. I think the words shared by da-AL sum it all up. A profound truth in that your playing small does not serve the world. Least of all you. Gotta believe in ourselves, like Rafiki did in Simba, held him up into the light for all the world to see. 😊🙏🏼😌✨☀️
Great observation! I agree that small acts add up to great things. Step by step, piece by piece. Each small act is an accomplishment, a small victory, because you’re moving toward the larger goal. And failure? Just a part of the journey, not the end point. Gotta keep trying. Thanks for the good words!