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size does not matter

March 20, 2012

Even when I was little I was tall. A seedling growing through moss.

I was a good couple of inches taller than most of the kids in my class at primary school. At high school I was on the basketball team and I played second row in the rugby team. Even today it is unusual for me to come across someone who is taller than me.

There is one guy I know. He is a good couple of inches taller than me.  And a couple of women who tower over me when they wear heels.

Standing beside them changes things. It makes me more aware of my body and the perspective on the world that it gives me. I don’t feel short but I am conscious of their height making me feel smaller.

During a recent Samurai Game I was sharing with the group some of the things George Leonard has incorporated in the experience to help us become more aware of what we do with our bodies. As I was speaking I walked towards a young woman who was significantly shorter than me. The closer I got the smaller she seemed to get. Her physical height wasn’t changing but somehow she was making herself appear smaller.

At work there is a woman who, I would guess, is even shorter. It is hard to know for sure because when you are near her she fills the room.

My PT was a professional dancer (obviously before he discovered how much joy he gets from making other people sweat…). He says the dancers would often be lined up from tallest to shortest. Using a ruler he would be somewhere in the middle but when he took his place he would often be told to stop messing around and go to the end – the tall end.  The way he carried himself made him appear larger than he was. As a PT he has worked with more than one ‘tall person’ who seems intent on carrying themselves in a way that makes them appear as small as possible.

Some of us are tall and some of us are short. It makes no difference because what you have always heard is true.

Size does not matter – it is what you do with it that counts!

It is all about how you choose to show up in the world.


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  1. March 20, 2012 8:04 am

    Beautifully, inclusively affirming of the expressibilty of the gift within the container that is each of us. Thank you Paul.

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