Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service …
How do we measure greatness? We don’t, because we can’t measure greatness just as we can’t measure how much someone love us too. Yet greatness can be observed by the things a person does rather than what he or she says. In fact, Andrew Carnegie said, “As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.” Action speaks louder than words; it is not what someone says but rather what someone is doing that is more important. That, indirectly let us in on how great someone is.
In this fable by Randall S. Weeks below, he brilliantly illustrated the true measure of greatness through the words of an old teacher.
A young student once asked his old teacher, “Teacher, what is the true measure of greatness?” The teacher looked far away into the mountains and gave the following reply:
Some measure greatness in height and weight, but great people are never so tall as when they stoop to talk to a child or bend their knees to help a hurting friend.
Some measure greatness in physical strength, but great people are never so strong as when they shoulder the burden of the downtrodden stranger.
Some measure greatness in terms of financial gain, but those who show generosity to their family and friends, they are the ones who are truly rich.
Some measure greatness in applause and accolades, but those who seek opportunity to serve in the quiet places of the world, theirs is the higher reward.
Some measure greatness in commitment to achieving in material ways, but those who spur others on to reach their goals are great indeed.
Great people have vision and do not keep the truth to themselves.
Great people have passion for life and are not ashamed to show it.
Great people expect the best from others and give the best of themselves.
Great people know how to work and how to play, how to laugh and how to cry, how to give and how to receive, how to love and how to be loved.
There are many people who are by the world called “great,” but those who bear honor in their hearts, who can, in the evening hours, lie upon their beds and peacefully close their eyes, knowing that they have done all that is within their power to live their lives fully and fruitfully, those are truly great people.
To end this, I agree with what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said that ‘… greatness is determined by service …’ And I also believe in what Mother Teresa said, “It is not how much you do, but how much Love you put into the doing that matters.” When we do things with great love, we can inspire and move people!
What do you say about the true measure of Greatness?
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