I find myself plodding through Eckhart Tolle's latest book, A New Earth. I'm only on chapter 3 - slow going on this end. Don't get me wrong, I have read his other books and appreciate the brilliance of recognizing how we each create our own heaven or hell, depending upon how we utilize the power of now. I'm just not a fan of his heady writing style.
A friend suggested that I jump ahead near the end of the book to chapter 9 - "Your Inner Purpose." Eureka! This chapter justifies the book. Tolle illustrates his concepts with a practical dialogue to bring it all home. I'll be writing several posts on gems in this chapter that resonate for me.
Today's gem - GREATNESS
"The great arises out of small things that are honored and cared for. Everybody's life really consists of small things. Greatness is a mental abstraction and a favorite fantasy of the ego. The paradox is that the foundation for greatness is honoring the small things of the present moment instead of pursuing the idea of greatness. The present moment is always small in the sense that it is always simple, but concealed within it lies the greatest power." - Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth
Rather than my expounding on this quote, I invite you to respond to it. If this idea of "greatness" resonates for you, how have you found it true in your own life? Or you may have another perspective altogether. Please further the dialogue by sharing a comment.