Where Does Greatness Come From?

“The great arises out of small things that are honored and cared for.  Everybody’s life really consists of small things.  Greatness is a mental abstraction and a favorite fantasy of the ego.  The paradox is that the foundation for greatness is honoring the small things of the present moment instead of pursuing the idea of greatness.”

-Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth, p. 266

Anyone who has suffered deeply and come out on the other side knows where their power lies – in the right here, right now.  Greatness isn’t something to achieve, it is lived in small moments stacked one on top of the other.

I like to think of this in terms of practicing or learning new skills – or even healing.

We can’t bypass the process of growth, so why not take delight in each moment of the journey?

What would happen if we walked into the practice room with a sense that this moment was just as great as being on the stage?  Different, but just as great.

These are questions that keep me up at night.


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