We can be so busy that we don’t realize the greatness in us. Seeing your greatness may inspire you to cultivate it even more.
This is a wonderful exercise in discovering greatness. Take a few minutes and write down the 5 things that are most precious to you, those things/people/accomplishments that matter the most. When you are finished, eliminate the one that is least important, so you only have four. Do you feel the struggle? You want to hold onto it because it matters to you. Now, eliminate another. Keep eliminating items until you are down to only one. Consider that one that remains. Is it truly the thing that is most important to you?
What is it? Notice if it is about you or about someone else? If it is about something other than you and your comfort and pleasure, you have discovered some of your greatness. Your most precious thing might be your partner, child, or best friend. It might be your faith, or a cause to which you are committed.
Those things that matter enough for us to sacrifice comfort and pleasure stretch us and appeal to something deep and noble in the human spirit. They pull out the best in humanity and encourage us to grow beyond pettiness and self-indulgence.
Not only do we need to notice that we have such greatness in our lives, but we also need to share that greatness with others so as to encourage them to discover their greatness. We need to feed that greatness such that it becomes the biggest aspect of our lives.
This is the path of growth of the soul. I invite you to share your journey with someone you love.