Since then, thoughts on this topic continue to swirl around in my mind. It's time to rope them in and expand the conversation. As a starting point, I'll share the 5 answers we were asked to give to the question in this timed exercise:
"What could I become or do that would sprout a definite seed to my certain greatness?"
1. Spend more time in the space of well-being, as I did this past weekend. Everything, even chores, felt blissful. All because I managed my energy first and found that alignment.
2. I don't have to improve on my greatness - just offer it up on a daily basis - share my thoughts, ideas, inspiration, support, and love - every day - at home, in my business, my volunteer work, and through blogging.
3. Say what I want. Ask for it! Modesty be damned!
4. Spend money on myself. A couple of weeks ago I got a manicure (my first in about a year), and it made me feel special. I want to do more of that kind of thing. Experiencing the full range of abundance directly connects me to my greatness.
5. Set up my life so I deal with less trivia and time-wasters, both people and things, by creating boundaries around who and what takes up my time.
Talking about individual "greatness" isn't something I grew up with in the '50's or 60's. "Great" was a word reserved for unusual people in the history books, or for situations that seem removed from normal living. We didn't want to appear to be boastful, after all. Modesty became something to cultivate.
The personal development/human potential movements expand both the context for, and the concept of greatness. We've come to understand that each individual carries a unique genius, a set of blueprints for greatness. In that respect, we each hold the responsibility for developing the "seeds of greatness" we are born with.
Author Eckhart Tolle points out, in his latest book, A New Earth, Awakening to Your Life's Purpose, that our level of consciousness determines our level of flowering:
"You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you, and allowing that goodness to emerge. But it can only emerge if something fundamental changes in your state of consciousness."
I like Slade's condensed version: "You are God. Act like it!"
Some days I get it, and other days I forget it. Apparently being "naturally" great is not my default setting. Or maybe I just think it's not. I have a lot more practice at seeing the greatness in others, while downplaying my own. Today's Note from the Universe "chided" me: "And please don't ever let self-consciousness keep you from stepping out into a world that would be unimaginably incomplete without you."
So throw your 2 cents in here. Whatcha think about greatness? Is it overrated? Underrated? Irrelevant? What has been your experience? Let's learn from one another. Tell us how you REALLY feel!