“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” – Michelangelo
When we think big, dream big and aspire to be great, we can see the purpose of today, tomorrow and next week and not become stifled by little set backs. When we focus on just getting through the day or the week, never to give light to what may be, then perhaps we will never be moving towards something greater, but instead be caught in a process of complete and repeat.
As I aspire to develop learning opportunities for kids, I will not apologise for thinking grand. I want to foster experiences for these young people, beyond anything I could have imagined myself at their age. I know the possibilities that intoxicate me now will ultimately change as our world continues to evolve but that just means my vision for what is possible changes too.
“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”
― William Faulkner
This week has been an opportunity to reflect and question why I am in such a hurry at times which can also lead to why I can be impatient with others. I think it has a lot to do with how I accept my own mortality having lost my father in my early teens and my mother before my thirties.
Seeing the process of dying with both my parents passing from cancer; my father after a short battle and my mother’s battle lasting 3 years, has meant I was able to see first hand how they responded to their lives and their approach to “unfinished business”.
I won’t go into the details of my mothers amazing legacy, but to say that her impact will be felt beyond this generation.
What does this denote for my own actions?
It means, I hate to let opportunities pass by. I’m not satisfied with ok or good, but am always shooting for great with the things I believe matter. I trust that by working harder and pushing boundaries I will continue to develop my own legacy.
I find the range of responses in the video below very interesting. I wonder how many of us would do more today, instead of waiting for tomorrow, if we knew how to answer this seemingly straightforward question – “How will you be remembered?”