The True Measure of Greatness
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 is 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.