A bunch of us in White River have recently come together and are working on being brave and putting ourselves out there, both on a personal and business level. We are learning to be true to who we are and to share that with the world. Finding and being the real you without masks is not easy but it is worth it.
Just like in the Brené Brown quote above I’ve sometimes been afraid of the discomfort of vulnerability. Of not being in control, of not being perfect. But creativity, any creativity, not just physically creating something out of nothing, but creativity in decisions and in navigating life, can only exist if we realise that perfection doesn’t exist, and that failure is ok. We must step out into the “chaos” to be brave for only then can magic and growth happen. Anything less, will lead to stagnation
It is good to celebrate where you come from and to be proud of your school, your language, your history, your culture, your religion but is not ok to teach your children that yours is the best or the only right one. That is based entirely on your opinion or belief. Passing this on as fact is limiting and dishonest. Children need to know that there is a bigger world out there. Outside of your beliefs, outside of White River, outside of Nelspruit, outside of South Africa.
What have I learned this past year? To allow people to be who they are and not to try to change them to fit into your world view of what is right. People are allowed to be who they are, you don’t necessarily have to agree with them.
Life often is difficult and many people are struggling to survive or just to get through the day. Financial woes, stress and life’s uncertainties all play a role. People are often caught in the lower end of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs – basic physiological and safety needs are often not being met.
I often wonder what Nelson Mandela would have thought about the state of the country and of the world and what he would have said. He believed in equality, in inclusivity and forgiveness.