Do we really know who we are?
Do we know what our full potential is?
What about the people who influence us, do they see it is as well?
Mary Oliver, a renowned poet, spoke about greatness, “ Tell me what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life”.
What is our greatness?
For some, it is blatantly obvious; they have voices sweet and smooth like silk, or paint pictures that take your breath away…
Some are so physically beautiful it is impossible to turn your eyes away from their beauty.
Then there are the highly intelligent who can sleep through an exam and not only pass, but get the highest grades.
There are the few who write with such eloquence and those who can bake the most delicious cakes.
What if you are not one of them? Or you have no clue what is your greatness?
Maybe you have a talent that is recognized though due to your situation or lack of perseverance it just fizzled out.
Wouldn’t be the saddest ending, when gifts are known and they get lost in the busyness of life?
It is wretched situation to end your wild and precious life with missing chances.
Sometimes it is not necessarily you to blame, it can be a loved one who thwarts you attaining greatness.
It might be husbands, wives, partners, parents, sibling or even your children who discourage your greatness.
Why this possible, when life is so short. Don’t we all want each other to succeed and be happy?
Don’t we want everyone to achieve greatness?
Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
We absorb others stories, the stories that we are not great or that good, our talents, would never make a living, leaving us deflated.
Families may not cheer us on, because they themselves are fraught with jealousy, our talent exposes their lack of greatness.
How dare you be more beautiful, more talented, and intelligent than them, if you are great they see their limitations. Crushing your greatness in the process of attempting to lift themselves up.
Has this ever happened to you?
How terribly sad, for at the end of the day, it is your wild and precious life, not theirs.
As children we know nothing about greatness, we just do what feels right and natural. Our footsteps are ours to walk in.
Then as we mature we begin to step inside our parents steps, forgetting about our own.
Don’t forget your parents have done the same, walked in their parents’ footsteps, as did their parents, and so on and so on…
I would suggest take risks in your wild and precious life; place your foot down with the resolve that you will follow your greatness.
If you don’t know what that greatness is, dedicate your life to finding it.
Don’t waste your wild and precious life!
Recipe: Achieving Greatness Meditation
Close your eyes, take 3 deep breaths
Sit in silence without any distractions for 2 minutes.
After 2 minutes, ask, “What is my greatness?”
Sit and breathe
Notice how your mind will immediately step in to answer the question
Do not pay attention to it, allow the thoughts to evaporate
Sit and breathe
Ask again, “ What is my greatness?” Keep asking
Notice what comes up, until there is nothing.
After 5 minutes gently open your eyes
Do not expect an answer within your meditation, unless per chance it comes.
Most answers come in subtle forms as we live our lives, keep yours eyes and mind open.
Do this everyday until you see what your greatness is
Be present, patient and persevere