Turn Around Tuesday

Lucy: What kind of Christmas music is that?
Schroeder: Beethoven Christmas music.
Lucy: What has Beethoven got to do with Christmas? Everyone talks about how “great” Beethoven was. Beethoven wasn’t so great.
Schroeder: What do you mean Beethoven wasn’t so great?
Lucy:He never got his picture on bubblegum cards, did he? Have you ever seen his picture on a bubblegum card? Hmmm? How can you say someone is great who’s never had his picture on bubblegum cards?
Schroeder: Good grief.
  -A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Funny how Lucy and Schroeder define “greatness” in such different ways. For our discussion, it doesn’t matter if you agree with one or the other. It is important that you know your personal definition.

Many of us spend a great deal of time pursuing greatness. We may not call it “greatness.” We may call it success, freedom, accomplishment, or your own personal term. At any rate, there is a level of achievement we are all striving towards. And why not? Life, the apple, big bite and all!

However, one of the traps we fall into is that of letting others give us our definition. This trap’s kissing cousin is not having a definition at all.

Today, I encourage you to own your definition of greatness and embrace it. Bubble gum wrapper or world philanthropist – the choice is yours. The group of people that you have to answer to on a deep level is small – and you are top of the food chain. There is greatness living in you. You know what it is. You can feel it, smell it, and taste it. Go ahead – reach out and grab it!

It’s the Most Wonderful Time!

I love all the different parties held this time of the year. Of course there are the family parties, but I am thinking right this moment of organizational parties.

All year long, we have functional meetings – networking, civic, charitable, professional – all very purposeful. However, at the end of the year, all our our “groups” tend to let their hair down a bit.

Come December, we decide it is time to just enjoy each other. We get together and celebrate the going year and welcome with great anticipation the new.

What a wonderful thing community is. It is a great thing indeed to recognize those around us who are special to us and those who are responsible in nurturing our big dreams.

Comments

  1. “One of the traps we fall into is that of letting others give us our definition.” April

    I can’t begin to tell you how true this is!

    Lately, I’ve been putting my thoughts down on paper…goals (business and life) and I’ve been waking up earlier and earlier… It’s rewarding and you gain a greater clarity on things! But I suppose this is only what works for me. To everyone else, do what works for you.

  2. There is greatness living inside each of us. We only need to believe in that potential. This is a wonderful post. It clearly explains that there is so single way to go about greatness. That, I think, is the first step to discovering our own greatness.

  3. Ricardo – Early in the morning works well for me too. But, you are right, different people have different rhythms – we have to follow our beat.

    Thanks so much for the phone call! I really appreciated it!

  4. Jay – Thanks for coming by and leaving such a nice comment. I hope to see you around more often 🙂

  5. Great post April! I think you are spot on! Each of us has to define our own “greatness” and not be so worried about what others tell us “greatness” is.

    It’s something I need to work on: not getting caught up in the hype of what others define as success/greatness/accomplishment, etc, and make sure I’m living and pursuing what’s right for me.

    Thanks for the wonderful post. The Charlie Brown gang is full of great advice, aren’t they?

  6. Eric – thanks! It is a hard thing to get away from. So much of our self worth is found (maybe not rightly so) in the opinion of others.

    He’s a good man, that Charlie Brown!

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