Be Human

“Keep me from the wisdom that does not cry, the philosophy that does not laugh & the greatness that does not bow before children.” — K. Gibran

How do you define “greatness?”  Is it being self sufficent and cold?  Is it being arrogant and distant?  I don’t think so.  There are plenty of rich people who fit that criteria but to be great is different.  To be great, to me, is to be human.  It is to cry when tears are called for.  It is to share in moments of laughter when you see people around you are happy.  It is to humble yourself around those who society would consider “beneath” you.  Very few people who are remembered for positive things painted themselves to be gods.  Most were regular people whom were blessed with the right combination of determination and opportunity.  They, too realized this, and, though confident, they allowed themselves not to be overly confident.  They knew that, in order to be seen as truly great, their flaws were just as important as their strengths, thus inspiring greatness in others.  I say all of this to say this: Show enough of your vulnerabilities so that those who look up to you can say “I, too, can be great.”

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