My high school band teacher, Mr. Bennett was the only teacher that saw beyond my dysfunctional exterior. In my junior year, Mr. Bennett told my mother that I would do ‘great things someday.’ A few ‘great things’ happened during this exchange:
- First, he spoke out loud an expectation of me;
- Second, my mother related to me that another person had that positive expectation of me;
- Third, I believed in the possibility of this expectation becoming true.
GREAT: adjective, of an extent, amount or intensity considerably above the normal or average
I think there’s a gene in all humans that encourages us to go beyond normal or average. We all want to Be Great and do Great Things.
We can… everyday: in our communication with others, in our words of encouragement, and in our personal stories of over-coming difficulty. A smile or nod that lets someone know you see them. Telling your child or partner something special about them. Picking up that piece of scrap instead of walking past. Calling or writing someone you’ve been thinking about.
Look for the endless possibilities of being beyond average.
Do a ‘great thing’ today.