Greatness in Life


How Great Thou Art!

How great thou art! Can you guess who Im writing about? The title of this article is the name of a hymn, so you may think Im referring to God. But Im not. Its His creature Im talking about, YOU. If God is great and He made you in his image, arent you also great? Yes, how great you are, full of limitless potential. But all too often we are unaware of our power. Why have we forgotten about our greatness?

In ancient times man was in awe of the universe. The black sky of night was draped with sparkling stars, galaxies, and meteors that glimmered like fireflies. The moon was bright enough to light his path. He was also surrounded by myriad sounds: chirping insects, rustling leaves, splattering rain, whispering wind, snorting animals, melodious birds, and his own footsteps. No wonder the world appeared both mysterious and magical.

Today, asphalt and concrete cover the forest floor and city lights and smog conceal the night sky. And honking vehicles, roaring traffic, blaring radios, and earsplitting construction sites replace the sounds of nature. We work long hours, get stressed out, and find little time to ponder the wonders of the universe and our own potential. However, it doesnt have to be that way. Progress doesnt have to hinder our understanding, it can improve it.

For example, lets reconsider our physical body in the light of the latest scientific findings. Imagine being reduced in size to such a degree that if you were placed in your own body, you would see, not organs, not cells, but molecules, atoms, and other subatomic particles. How would they appear? What would you see? Oddly enough, it would be almost as if you were looking into the night sky, for you would see objects, separated by vast distances, orbiting in black space. The particles are moving so rapidly the human body appears to our eyes as a solid object. In reality, 98 to 99 percent of our body is nothing but space. Space thats used by the particles to travel in, space that is part of the rest of the universe. From this vantage point, you would discover that you are part of the universe and, therefore, share in its power, potential, and majesty.

It is said that when Michelangelo started to work on a new sculpture, he did not see a slab of marble, but a being trapped in stone. So he would keep chipping away until the being was set free (revealed). Our hidden potential is as magnificent as the greatest sculpture of Michelangelo. It is trapped, not by stone, but by the negative statements that have been hurled our way since childhood. If we are to make progress, we must chip away at the false and limiting beliefs that we have acquired. For as Sidney Madwed writes, The finest gift you can give anyone is encouragement. Yet, almost no one gets the encouragement they need to grow to their full potential. If everyone received the encouragement they need to grow, the genius in most everyone would blossom and the world would produce abundance beyond the wildest dreams. We would have more than one Einstein, Edison, Schweitzer, Mother Theresa, Dr. Salk and other great minds in a century.

Isnt it time we recognized our own greatness and acted on it by taking the steps to achieve our dreams? Eagles soar with wings, men with the recognition of their potential. If human beings are perceived as potentials rather than problems, Robert Conklin writes, as possessing strengths instead of weaknesses, as unlimited rather that dull and unresponsive, then they thrive and grow to their capabilities.

It may be all right to be content with what you have; never with what you are. said B.C. Forbes. Dont you agree? If so, are you ready to give up all that you are for all that you can become? Lets start, today, on the greatest quest in life, reaching our potential. And while doing so, lets keep in mind Henry Fords admonition, Whether you think you can or whether you think you cant, youre right.

© Chuck Gallozzi
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