I’m never quite sure the route I’m going to take when I start writing a post on here. I am always listening to music, my muse & source of creativity. Music leaves the speakers, gets on my skin and seeps into my pores, making me a living, breathing, walking instrument of melody. What else can I do with all of that rythym & sound pulsing through my veins but put it into words. So instead of the pen & notebook (my BFFs) I touch my fingers to the computer keys (not unlike piano keys, in this instance) and let the words flow. It is exactly that strange and beautiful and it is how I come up with all of the craziness I’ve written thus far.
Taking a different route, I’d like to discuss mediocrity. First off, I want to interject my incomplete thought and say that I plan on taking some HUGE strides in the near future towards really making this blog not just a vehicle for voicing my inner frustrations with society and the economy, but a way for all john does to meet, discuss options for bettering the community (starting with their own backyard) and offering help and assistance to those who are in need of food, shelter, employment, faith & Hope, and most of all LOVE. The greatest of these IS love because without that foundation and jumping off point, we wouldn’t care to attempt these feats at all. 🙂
“There are countless ways of attaining greatness, but any road to reaching one’s maximum potential must be built on a bedrock of respect for the individual, a commitment to excellence, and a rejection of mediocrity.” ~Buck Rodgers
So as I was saying before I interrupted myself (oh, the irony), Mediocrity is on the forefront. It has been on my mind of late, why some people achieve greatness and why others maintain mediocrity and wear it as a badge of honor. Are we so small minded a people that we choose to alienate ourselves from the human condition and avoid at all costs doing things to change the obvious ills of society? I’,m not saying that we all have to be Robinhood or Martin Luther King Jr. I’m not saying that we have to be Mr. Deeds and give all of our money away to those in need. But my goodness, have we not even considered doing at least one tenth of that? I have and that is why I decided to start this movement. My hope is that, if nothing else, my blog and eventually, my efforts, will open people’s eyes to the true Christian LOVE that is in the world and that there are still, in 2011, people who care about one another. That is the greatness I aspire to. A mansion, a luxury vehicle, loads of currency will not a happy heart make. But doing something beyond yourself and putting your heart into living a life of LOVE & COMPASSION, in that hope lies the sustained Peace & Contentment.
So, in conclusion, I’d like to encourage everyone to aspire to greatness. Feed your soul, not your ego. Do something awesome this month to help someone else. Volunteer, Take someone a meal, go and pray with someone who is facing difficult times, give someone who is struggling financially a gift card to a shopping mart or Bless them with cash. This is just the first step to what I would like to see go global. Charity starts at home, though, so lets take one small step of kindness and see where it leads us.
Here are some great quotes to remember when embarking on this journey with me:
“To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.” ~Marleen Charles de Montesquieu
“Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.” ~ Napoleon Hill
“Do continue to believe that with your feeling and your work you are taking part in the greatest; the more strongly you cultivate in yourself this belief, the more will reality and the world go forth from it.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
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