I have been a bit obsessed with the Olympics. I love watching the passion, intensity, and seeing the greatness on display. These Olympics have been filled with incredible competitions, athletes, and some of the greatest performances in the history of the Olympics – Usain Bolt from Jamaica in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, Dara Torres in the pool at age 41, Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor with their beach volleyball dominance, the Chinese divers, and of course Michael Phelps and his 8 golds and 7 world records in the pool (maybe the greatest performance in the history of sports, not just the Olympics).
As I have been awed and inspired by these athletes, I have also been reflecting upon “greatness” in general. While most of us cannot run, swim, or compete at the level of these Olympians, we all have greatness within us. Appreciating greatness in others is a way for us to get in touch with our own greatness.
This is not about us being arrogant, competing with others, or even “winning.” This is about being able to recognize, acknowledge, and be grateful for the natural gifts and abilities we have. Any person who is able to achieve anything of significance in life, and more importantly anyone who has a strong sense of themselves, is in touch with their own greatness at some level.
Of course we will have doubts, fears, and insecurities. And, at the same time we can take a step back and appreciate ourselves and the greatness within us. When we do this, we celebrate ourselves in a powerful, positive, and healthy way. And, when we’re able to fully appreciate the greatness within us, not only will it allow us to reach new levels of success and fulfillment in life, it also allows us to see and appreciate the greatness in others and in life itself.