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07 June 2021
Words by Andy Smallman / Artwork by Fish Astronaut
Everyone Can Play

For just a minute, imagine a solitary child on a playground at a school during recess not being allowed to join a game he very much would like to play. The other children are not being mindfully mean, they are just enjoying their game as it was created and they think that adding another player will disrupt its flow. So they ignore or otherwise not let this child play, who stands alone, watching, isolated, sad.

Now imagine a different scenario, one in which there is room for every child to play. Attitudes are structured so each additional player adds to the value of the game, even if the addition changes it.

The opportunity I'm offering you this week involves adopting this attitude, creating this world, one in which everyone can play.

To make the most of this exercise you might need to get creative. 
  • What does this look like in your life? 
  • How can YOU include others? 
  • What are the benefits for you and others?
Sharon Salzberg, in her book "The Kindness Handbook," wrote, "Including others (is) often like watching something unfurl and begin to flower within them." Such is my suggestion to you this week, to be part of this unfurling.
With connection & warmth, 


Kind Living inspires people to both recognize
and engage in acts of ordinary kindness.

Copyright © 2021 Andy Smallman, All rights reserved.

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