"Being better than someone else doesn't make you great; sharing your greatness with others does." © Shoshan
Sharing, not competing: the secret of authentic greatness
Have you ever stopped to think about what it really means to be "great"? Many of us, especially in the fast-paced world of social media, associate greatness with being better than others. We seek validation in "likes," positive comments, and the followers we accumulate. But have you ever wondered what you bring to the lives of others?
The truth is, being better than someone else doesn't make you great; sharing your greatness with others does. Yes, you read that right. Your worth isn't measured by what you know, but by what you do with what you know. It's not measured by how much you have, but by how much you give. And it's not measured by how high you climb, but by how many people you help climb with you.
You might be exceptional at your job, a genius in your field, or even a prodigy. But if all that doesn't translate into something that benefits others, what's the point? True greatness is not a trophy you can hang on your wall or a title you can add to your name. It's a legacy. It's the footprint you leave on the lives of those around you.
Can you imagine a world where each one of us, with our unique talents, put our skills to the service of others? Not only would we be happier individually, but collectively we'd create a wave of positivity and support. An environment where true greatness shines not in the "I," but in the "we."
So the next time you find yourself seeking validation by comparing yourself to others, stop. Think about how you can share your greatness, your essence, with the world. Not to be better than others, but to make others' lives better. And in that moment, I assure you, you'll know what it truly means to be great.
© Shoshan, 10/19/2023
On life's horizon,
a dream is born within me.
I don't want to be the lone star
that shines only for itself to see.
I aim to be the lighthouse in the dark,
guiding lost ships at sea.
May my light not only shine,
but help others find their way to be.
I don't seek to be the tallest tree,
standing alone, with none to see.
I want to be the forest that provides,
where everyone can find peace.
Let my laughter be the tune
that paints smiles with glee.
And let my achievements serve as bridges,
easing others' journey.
May the craving to outperform
not consume my role.
May my greatness be measured
by what I bring to the whole.
May the echo of my life ring,
not in applause, nor in gold.
But in the hearts that were touched
by the greatness with them I wished to hold.
This reflection is dedicated to those who understand that true greatness lies in lifting others up. To the teachers who inspire, the leaders who serve, and the generous souls who share their light. May this phrase serve as a reminder to all of us about what really matters:
"Being better than someone else doesn't make you great; sharing your greatness with others does."