We should aspire to greatness without forgetting to recognise the greatness in the people around us.
Honestly, sometimes I forget.
Sometimes I forget to see beyond the familiarity and everyday laughs. Beyond years and years of shared experience that has become common, everyday, happenstance and plain old unremarkable.
Sometimes, we get so used to people and places, we forget to value them. We fall into the trap of believing that the things with which we think we are familiar are all played out and too ordinary to have any outstanding value and meaning.
We wistfully gaze into another time, another place, another space, for examples of the greatness to which we should aspire. We place little to no value on what we see in the here and now as we make a mad scramble for the luxuries we think we'll enjoy in the then and there.
Today, don't forget that greatness surrounds you. Yes. Right there. In the monotonous humdrum of daily life.
Yes. Right there. In the unremarkable smile of a friend you see everyday.
Yes. Right there. In the community you grew up in, went to school in, got married in, had kids in, found a job in, constantly dream of escaping ...
And the same way you spend your time desiring a life in some other place, with some other people, in some other space, someone spends time desiring a life in your place, with your people, in your space ... Imagine that. Someone sees greatness where you are ...
We should aspire to greatness without forgetting to recognise the greatness in places and faces around us, and in us.