A Chance for True Greatness
Since my teenage years, I have been fascinated with famous and extraordinary people—great achievers in all walks of life. I love to watch them being interviewed. I love to watch footage of their day-to-day lives. One thing that has always struck me, and I do not
consider it in the slightest way to be coincidental, is that great men and women always believed that they were destined to be great. From this day on, begin to foster a belief that you were born for a reason, and although you may not have yet discovered the specifics of that reason, you are being prepared to fulfill it in every moment.
In general terms, you know that your essential purpose is to grow, change, develop, and become the-best-version-of-yourself. The details are simply that, the details. It is this process of growth that makes life interesting, exciting, rewarding, and fulfilling. Dedication to this process of growth is greatness. Greatness should never be confused with fame, fortune, status, or power. These are only passing illusions. Greatness is to become more fully your self with each passing day.
A chance for greatness awaits you—your own chance at greatness—and it will involve the unique and providential blend of your needs, talents, and desires. The pursuit of your chance at greatness will reveal you to your family, friends, colleagues, spouse, children, and everyone who crosses your path. It is the attuning of your personality. Life is a revelation of self. Life is an unfolding story. Your life is your story. Life is a gift to you and for you—and yet, in a paradoxical but complementary way, it is also your chance to serve your neighbor, to touch and enrich the lives of others, and to make a difference in this sometimes weary world. This is the mystery of God—to lead you toward your perfection and fulfillment, while at the same time using your journey to lead others toward their perfection and fulfillment.
From The Rhythm of Life
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