“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” ~ Wilma Rudolph
Greatness. It’s in all of us.
Have you ever observed someone doing something that truly seems beyond greatness? Someone who inspires you by their actions.
What comes to mind here?
- Rescuing a child from a burning building
- Freeing someone from a major car accident
- Going up into the failing World Trade Center on 9/11 to rescue others, knowing it was on the verge of collapse
- Searching day and night for a lost child in the woods
- And many, many more
Those big, one time events – the ones that can bring out the best in others. What is it that compels some people to act in these moments of decision?
The premise for this post today is related to a book I’ve recently read:
"Something Beyond Greatness" ~ by Judy Rodgers and Gayatri Naraine
In this book the authors dig much deeper into what it is that leads some down these paths of greatness and beyond. And what that means for us, each one of us, in our daily lives. What is it, that draws someone to act? And is that something we all have? The book explores this topic in depth, with a focus on what it is that leads some to "be the hero". There were three elements identified:
- Seeing with love
- Acting from the heart
- Being in the right place at the right time
Much is discussed on really what this means, with examples of those who have acted in just such a way.
So – these three elements – they can lead us to great things.
Where does this put us, though, in our daily lives?
Love and Greatness
The conclusion arrived at in this book is that love is what leads to something beyond greatness. And love is there, within all of us. That love does get buried, though, sometimes. Buried to our own agendas. And with that, our greatness gets buried also.
The good news is that even if this true and selfless love has become buried, it is possible to find that love in all of us, and to let our greatness shine. Time spent connecting deeply with self, time to reflect on what our heart is saying – this is what leads us to that inner connection with our soul. This is what leads us to seeing the world through a lens of love.
This whole thought is such a powerful one! And it is there in all of us. Love is part of our being. And with love, comes greatness. Maybe not greatness in the sense of saving someone’s life in a split second decision (although it could be). Greatness, though, through living our daily lives in sync with our deep being. Isn’t that a wonderful thought!
"Love is the greatest refreshment in life." ~ Pablo Picasso
Go Forth In Love
Every one of us has love within us. We just have to allow that love to shine. And in doing this, we let a deep caring and respect develop. With love as its base, greatness is also within each of us. And that shines through, not just in big one-time moments to do something great. It really shines through in our daily lives, in how we live with a loving heart to those all around us.
Getting to this point is really getting in touch with our soul. Just think about that. If we are connecting deeply with our soul, we are reaching a spot within each of us that has love as the foundation. If we are truly there, then love becomes the language we speak. And our greatness shines – the greatness that resides in each and every one of us! All through the daily acts of love we display.
How can you connect more deeply with your soul? How can you let your greatness shine – through daily acts of selfless love?