Greatness confusion ensues, even though I have been exploring greatness thru writing three blog posts named “Greatness Calls”, “Greatness, Interrupted”, and “Questioning Greatness”. The most recent one, “Questioning Greatness” was an essential brain dump because of my crashing thoughts of the conflicting perspectives of my brain and soul. In this post, I’m exploring what I discovered when I searched, “What is Greatness?”
Of course, Wikipedia shows up with this point of view on greatness- “Greatness is a concept of a state of superiority affecting a person or object. Greatness can also be referred to individuals who possess a natural ability to be better than all others. The concept carries the implication that the particular person or object, when compared to others of a similar type, has clear advantage over others.”
My head and heart internally yell….” What?!, This definition is missing something.” To understand Wikipedia’s definition, I must analyze it sentence by sentence. Sentence one – yes, I see that people who have achieved greatness can be seen as superior. Okay, that works well enough for me… Sentence two – the whole natural ability thing -. I do think some people who are great have a talent/natural ability like Whitney Houston but would I say she achieved greatness or did she have a great voice. Personally, I feel say she had a great voice but didn’t achieve greatness. And honestly, I don’t understand why I feel she didn’t achieve greatness. Her voice is exquisitely unique. Is greatness more than a well expressed talent? Or is using a talent well, enough to have achieved greatness? As you can see, I’m confused.
What about Tom Brady? So much chatter about him lately. Does he have a natural ability to be better than others? I don’t think so. I think he is on a continuous improvement plan, has a crazy love for what he does, and practices A LOT! Honestly, I do see him as someone who has achieved greatness. I don’t understand why I see him as achieving greatness and see Whitney Houston as a great singer. Maybe there is a large spectrum of what is greatness….this idea seems true.
This Wikipedia definition feels like it’s missing something. My instincts say there is a spiritual component to greatness. Which would of course cause confusion since Wikipedia’s definition isn’t spiritual at all. So I searched “What is the spiritual meaning of greatness”. And I found something unexpectedly revealing.
I found Rosalynd M. Rambert who is involved with something called Aspire to Greatness. Here is the pages Spiritual Definition-” It was more than an epiphany, it was a spiritual awakening;” True greatness is a mindset. It’s a way of being, a way of thinking. In its simplest form it is about doing everything in a great way.” This definition reminds of what a sports radio talk host said about Tom Brady. I’m paraphrasing- He lives on Mount Everest where most people climb up and climb down the peak. It doesn’t matter if you are a Brady fan or foe, I just think that this illustrates the point made on the Aspire To Greatness Page. The page goes on to say the following:
Let me further expand on what I believe it means to “ASPIRE TO GREATNESS.” To me, it means
- walking in a spirit of excellence
- being a person of great integrity and character
- exercising moral and social responsibility
- awakening to your true self
- being authentic
- being self-aware
- living life “consciously”
- showing up for those that need and depend upon you, regardless of how you feel and what is and isn’t happening in your life
- being a servant, being your brother and sister’s keeper in actions, not just in words
- being true to who you are without compromise
- intentionally and proactively becoming the change you want to see in the world
For the individual that lives to “ASPIRE TO GREATNESS,” every day they awake with a mindset that says:
- Mediocrity is not an option.
- I will make a difference in the world.
- I am pursuing my purpose with passion.
- I will become the change I want to see in the world.
- I will treat people as I want to be treated and not how they treat me.
- The vision for my life will be manifested.
- Today, I am going to be the best person I can be.
- I understand that my life doesn’t belong to me. Therefore, I will show up in the life of everyone who needs me today; regardless of how I feel.
- I will live, do and be on a higher level.
This definition feels right. I sensed that greatness isn’t for the few, Greatness is in all of us.
My search also turned up, a video by a person named Ramtha. Her stuff blew me away and surprisingly resonated deeply. Her you tube video “The Spiritual Journey…Mining for Your Greatness” took what I was sensing to a far deeper place. Ramtha’s speach says we are accessing greatness when we mine for the exact word to express ourselves. These words come from inside us not from our school vocabulary lists. We all have access to our spirit vocabulary.
I believe her! I have experienced words sluicing thru me. Every time the word emerged, I referenced a dictionary because I didn’t know the words definition. And Ramtha says as we continue the word mining process we access a richer place within ourselves…saying “Starting to mine deeper levels are part of the mystery of your greatness”.
Your greatness!!! We all have it! You only need to mine your spirit to name your experience…….And live your truth!