Low Expectations Limits Potential

From WBro Damien of Lodge Devotion
I’m a regular listener of podcasts, I love TED talks, the Harvard Business Review, Planet Money, and Freakanomics to name a few. I also listen to “This America Life” and recently they published a podcast about Daniel Kish, who’s blind, but can navigate the world by clicking with his tongue; akin to sonar. It’s not that he hikes and rides a bike that got me thinking, it is his assertion that the low expectations of blind people and the people around them limit their potential. Daniel’s mother endured watching her son become bruised and bloody to allow him to develop the amazing navigation skills he has (poles are a real challenge for him, he’s literally run into some). Daniel’s mother put her fear aside gave him the freedom to experience the world. To fail and to succeed in it. Today, Daniel is world renowned for his abilities. Daniel is an exemplar of what not being limited by low expectations and being encouraged to push boundaries can achieve.


What’s that got to do with Freemasonry ? Obviously that low expectations limit our potential. We saw it last meeting at Devotion in reverse– we decided not to cancel a ceremony despite a poorly attended rehearsal. Critically the acting Deacon’s were at rehearsal and did well. We had high expectations of the ability of our team and they came up trumps with an excellent degree ceremony. We put aside our low expectations and fear of failure and did something which not only advanced a member – but invigorated the whole lodge through success. As they say, nothing succeeds like success, but sometimes we need to risk failure to get to that success. We do it in our lives, why so often don’t we do it in Freemasonry but stick to old familiar formulas and routines which sometimes shackle us?

Daniel Kish
Daniel Kish on bike
If Daniel Kish who is blind can ride a bike unaided, what could you do ?