I was on my way to an eye appointment this afternoon and heard this on the radio. “I am the greatest!” the little boy said. Sometimes, it takes the pure innocence of a child to teach us the greatest lessons.
There is no arrogance or superiority in those words, when viewed through the eyes of a child. It made me wonder about greatness. What is greatness, anyway? How does it come about? What makes it grow? It seems like I have more questions than answers only because I’ve never truly thought about it before and, when this song came on, it struck me.
There are many great people in the world. Some we’re drawn to and others not so much. There are those that are great that don’t even know it and great people who know it and take full responsibility for its influence. Still, there are “great” people who know it and flaunt it using it to further their position not too concerned who gets hurt in the process.
I remember when I was a young teenager, my surrogate grandfather, Mr. Madara, told me of a notable person he once saw. When he was younger, he had worked in a Federal Reserve Bank in Philadelphia and one day noticed a man walk in, sweaty, with soiled overhauls. He looked like he had just come off the farm. In taking a closer look, my grandfather noticed it was Mr. du Pont, an elder member of one of the most prominent and successful American families, even today. Their continued success largely comes from the well-known chemical company they founded ― DuPont.
A couple of years ago, 2011, I had an opportunity to take a short trip with my daughter to Chicago. Oprah was leaving for California and switching over to her own network. Seeing Oprah was on my daughter’s bucket list and she had won tickets to attend one of her last live shows.
It was interesting to be in the audience on a set for the taping of a TV show. Oprah had Shania Twain as her guest and, when the show was over, we almost got the chance to shake their hands, as they left the set.
Every day, famous people are talked about in the media and their notoriety exclaimed around the world. What about you and me? It’s easy to look at another’s greatness but do we recognize it within ourselves? The little boy noticed his greatness.
It’s in all of us. We just have to look in the mirror and believe it’s there. You are great – I’m great and we have something unique and special within us that the world needs.
“We often miss opportunity because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” ~~ Thomas Edison
Pat from the ol’ kitchen table