On Being Great

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I woke up to an unexpected message. I want to address it here.

Let’s start with a story. This is a Sufi parable – and begins with a man named Mula. One day a stranger comes upon Mula outside under a street lamp looking for something. The stranger asks Mula what he is looking for? “I have lost my key” Mula replies. The stranger offers to help him look. So now together the two men are looking and looking and looking. After some time passes, the stranger asks Mula where he last saw his key? “I lost it inside my house” says Mula. “Why then are we looking for the key out here?” Asks the stranger looking at him in disbelief.

“The light is better.” Says Mula.

Chasing after greatness is like looking for your lost key outside when you lost it in the house.

Greatness is not outside of you.

You’re doing that thing again where you play small. Let me be clear: You can’t get there from here.

Own your power. Stand tall.

You’re already great. The greatness you seek is inside of you. Stop looking for it somewhere else. Searching for validation outside yourself is useless.

Stop working so hard to get others to accept you, or look up to you, or want to be a part of your life. Stop trying to change. I’d rather see you excited about mountains, wild flowers, and snow.

On a personal note, thank you for being my muse. For awakening this love inside of me. And for not being bothered by my words.

I am not alone in my love of you, although I love you far more than most. You are one of the most loved people I have ever known. I wish you could see that.

When I write posts like this I feel like I’m trading in love letters for virtual sermons. I think you listen better this way. Whatever gets the message through, right?


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