Doing Ordinary Things Extraordinarily

 Doing Ordinary Things Extraordinarily image When you think of greatness, who comes to mind – Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Joan of Arc, Oprah, Muhammad Ali, Bobby Fischer, Deepak Chopra?

Guess what, none of these people are any different that you or me. They didn’t just wake up one day and decide to be great. At one point, they all were everyday, ordinary people who ended up doing extraordinary things. And they followed the calling they had to bring their gifts to the world.

Greatness is not about becoming famous, powerful or rich. It’s not about having millions of dollars. It’s not about banner headlines.

It is about making a difference in someone else’s life. It is about recognizing difficulties and moving past them. It is about finding your purpose in life, being your best self and having a positive impact beyond yourself. It is about the discipline of personal mastery.

And, as run of the mill and unknown as we may think we are, we’re all called to do extraordinary things. Everyday, ordinary people, just like you and me are doing extraordinary things.

The great, Muhammad Ali said, “The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights”.

What do you think that quote says about greatness?

Did Ali’s greatness come from those brief hours he fought in the ring? Did he just come out of nowhere to become the Greatest Heavyweight Champion of all times and steal the hearts of millions of fans?

No, his greatness came, as he said, “far away from witnesses…” He poured himself into every moment training and preparing, even when no one was watching.

You don’t have to be Oprah, Muhammad Ali, Mother Teresa or in the spotlight to show your greatness. Greatness comes from living each moment as if it was the only moment that exists; and in actuality – it is. It’s ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

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  1. Gladys,

    Beautifully written. This article reminds me that it’s what we do when no one is watching that matters in our lives and the world.

    If nothing else, the Olympics showed us what can happen when we commit to a goal and recommit to it everyday, through pain, inconvenience and sorrow. The medal winners are certainly like the rest of us, except they decided to sacrifice for years for a goal that perhaps no one else in their circle could understand.

    When we don’t answer the call of our divine calling, we’ll know it because we’ll feel empty and dissatisfied even in the midst of luxurious lives.

    Thanks for your remiinders to take care of ourselves, for it’s only then that we can embrace and care for others.
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