A middle-aged man was walking the streets on a wet, windy evening near his suburban home.

He was going through something of a mid-life crisis and was feeling a bit dejected about his lack of accomplishments.

Every now and then over the past few years, he had heard news about people he went to school with.

Some had gone on to have fascinating careers, some were world-renowned authorities in their field, some had made a fortune, some had amazing family relationships and they all seemed to be doing better than him, leaving him feeling down and alone.

“I wish I could be great.” he muttered to himself as he trudged along.

“Then be great!” said a quiet Voice.

“No, I wish I could be great.” the man repeated.

“Then be great!” responded the Voice with increased authority.

“You don’t understand,” said the man.  “I want to be a great dad like Phil.”

“Then do what great dads do and be great!” said the Voice.

“You just don’t get it, I want to be a great businessman like Harry.”

“Then go and do what great business leaders do and be great!”  said the Voice.

“What are you talking about?  I just want to make a great difference like Jim does.”

“Then do what great people do and make a difference in the world.”

The man slowed down and then stopped walking.

He looked up and sheepishly asked, “Who are you anyway?”

“I’m the One who made you for greatness, not ordinariness.”

“So, what do I do now?” the man enquired.

“Go, do, be.  Stop wishing for greatness and just be great.  Set a standard for every aspect of your life and make the most of the rest of your life.  The past is unimportant, it’s what you do from now on that matters.”  replied the Voice.

The man pondered these words as he walked home.

As his key went into the lock of his front door, he made a decision.

Then he went inside, into the arms of his family and nothing was ever the same again.

I wrote this story because I believe that everyone has the capacity to be great, including you.

So don’t be envious of others, don’t set mediocre standards for yourself and don’t wish for greatness.

Just be great!

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