On Greatness…

“If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.”
The words of Martin Luther King Jr… their echo never fades, almost as if they will haunt me forever… I keep hope alive, my dream is one of greatness… everyday, I light a candle and put it at my window so I can light the way for whatever greatness is to come… I do not want it to feel unwelcome, I do not want it to think I am not home… I want it to knock on my door, late at night as I sleep and ask me if it can come in… I wait each day as my candle burns at my window sill… for I have decided: when greatness comes, I will let it in…

Growing up, we are constantly told that “pride comes before a fall”… hardly encouraging words given that it somehow equates all our efforts at greatness to wasted breath. We find ourselves wondering whether our life really has a purpose if we cannot celebrate our successes, rung by rung as we climb up the ladder that is life. I agree that pride comes before a fall, but that doesn’t mean the fall will ever come.. it doesn’t mean I WILL fall if I am proud of what I have achieved… Let’s not settle for mediocrity simply because we fear that if we do too much, strive too hard, we may just succeed and, the flying spaghetti monster forbid, that could very well mean we might just be proud… hence we might just fall… We cannot let that stop us; each of us is destined for some greatness…
From coal emerges diamonds… from the bowels of the oyster comes the pearl… so let not greatness be your fear… light that candle and grow… grow exponentially…

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