(Not meant as a compliment)
Sorry if you read it, sorry if you liked it. Sorry if I sound self-righteous – I probably am (and, wrongfully so)!
For a more informed, open and compassionate discussion on this book you can look it up here.
I wanted to talk with you about something else. About a question I have been pondering for a while
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LIVE A LIFE OF GREATNESS?
I have had this carrot dangled in front of me my whole life. From whence it came – I cannot tell.
But, I can tell you that in no way, shape or form do I feel that I have measured up to this holy grail of being a person of any particular greatness.
If “great” means big, larger than life, significant and powerful –I feel all the opposites of that.
And, I’m starting to wonder if that is really such a bad thing.
In a world where we have been fed the incessant and erroneous idea that we and our children are somehow more special than everyone else and their children…
I am starting to pooh-pooh the notion that this indefinable greatness is something that we should even be ascribing to in the first place.
But, why, Priya would you do this? Why would you encourage us to be small and insignificant?
Why discourage us so and on a blog that is supposed to be inspiring us to reach for greatness?
Not so, dear friend!
What I want to do is talk about the vocabulary and ideas surrounding “greatness” and being “awesome” and doing “amazing” things that actually have no potency when scrutinized.
YET, they have possessed an incredible amount of power over our lives and how we feel about ourselves!
And, when we don’t feel we measure up to the cloudy, unexplored idea of them – we cave.
Feeling less than we truly are and believing that we cannot move forward on our ideas and dreams because we are not naturally anointed with this“destiny of greatness” (whatever that is).
And, that because we are not “great” - we do not deserve to reach for the things we desire to accomplish and to be.
(Do you get why this idea is a little dangerous when left to its own devices now?)
I mean the word itself “great” and the idea “greatness” – what do they really mean?
What is the criteria? Money?
Well then what about the eco friendly warrior who is making incredible strides in green living by having nothing but a 5ft by 5ft self-sustaining carbon-print crushing dwelling?
Is it fame?
If “great” means being famous and in the public eye – surely not, because that luxury is afforded to so few of us that the world is literally populated then by only a handful of great people.
Greatness seems picky and elitist in this instance.
Perhaps, that’s the appeal. And, maybe that’s why it has become such an overwhelmingly popular catchphrase.
The idea of greatness comes to divide and conquer and create factions of “them” and “us” -
Super folk vs. the Superfluous folk.
I’m just not buying it anymore.
I’m selling all my stocks surrounding the idea of living a life of greatness.
And, putting more stock in something even greater.
50 Shades of Great – Part 2 continues right here and it’s so bad…it’s good.
by Priya Devalia
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