It was so wonderful when I really understood I was mediocre. Oh my goodness, what a balance!
– Byron Katie in Who Would You Be Without Your Story
I notice I sometimes have the thought that I am mediocre in what I am doing, whether it’s writing here, art, photography, doing bodywork, or anything else. I also see that this is true for just about anyone. Life seems to value being mediocre. Why is it better to be mediocre? Why is it better for me, others, the world? Can I find genuine examples?
Why it’s better for me
It’s a relief. I don’t have to live up to an image or standard of excellence or perfection.
It keeps me in touch with humanity.
I don’t have to be better than I am now.
I put less pressure on myself, give myself a break.
I can be more authentic. I don’t need to hide who I am, where I am at.
It’s more real, authentic, honest.
I take myself less seriously.
Why it’s better for others
It may be a relief for others when I am more authentic, not hiding, not trying to live up to an image.
It may give others permission to be mediocre as well.
It may help others find the gifts in being mediocre.
Why it’s better for the world
It shows the world a different way to be.
(Different from trying to be/see oneself as better than others.)
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There is another sense in which I am mediocre, and have choice but to be mediocre.
Everything I see in others (a) happens within my own world of images, (b) is a mirror for me and describes me too (I can find specific examples of how each thought I have about others is also true for me), and (c) happens within and as awakeness.
The world is a perfect mirror for me. And there is no real me or other.
Either way, I find myself as the world – as my world, the world as it appears to me.
Either way, I am right in the middle. I am mediocre.
I have an image of Leonardo Da Vinci. For any thought I use to describe him, I can find specific and real examples of how it describes me too.
I have an image of a lazy bum, and it’s the same there. For any thought I have about him, I can find specific and real examples of how it describes me.
I am the same. I am right in the middle. I am mediocre.
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– the relief of being nothing special
– it;s better to excel, to be among the best, to be more clear, insightful, skilled, accomplished, mature,
everything i see in others is here in me, so i have no other option than to be mediocre – all i see in others is here (it’s happening within my world of images, it describes me)
why is it a good thing?
– a relief, don’t have to live up to an image/a standard
– keeps me in touch with humanity
– don’t have to be better than I am right now
– less pressure on myself, give myself a break
– i can be more authentic, not hiding where i am at
– take myself less seriously
– other may not be intimidated / be less intimidated
– may be able to relate to others more easily
– engage more with life
– a relief for others to relate to me when i am more authentic, not hiding
– more relaxed, and more relaxed for others to relate to me
– others may feel more free from images, having to live up to images
– gives other people permission to be mediocre as well
– it’s more real, authentic, honest