“The foundation of greatness is honoring the small things of the present moment, instead of pursuing the idea of greatness.”
~ Eckhart Tolle
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Perfectionism has always come naturally to me, and as useful a trait as it can be it certainly has its downfall in that it can do more harm than good if it is allowed to take control of goals, emotions, and actions rather than be respectfully managed by conscious self-awareness.
When it comes to spiritual growth and self-improvement, it can be overwhelming to think about all the areas of our character, thoughts, and behaviour that we wish to improve while trying to keep those things in line with our goals. It can be discouraging when we behave in ways that are reflexive of our more self-centered tendencies and worldly attachments; which I’m convinced will always present a challenge in some way to most people throughout their lives. (Those advanced spiritual aspirants who find freedom from attachment probably struggle with that a lot less.)
In my experiences lately, it’s been very rewarding to enjoy the sweet moments of soulful bliss that you begin to experience more and more on your path to self-discovery and enlightenment.
Moments like when you’re sitting on a bus and the kindness of an interaction between strangers that you witness resonates so deeply with you that it brings tears of joy to your eyes. Or when the opportunity to help wildlife presents itself and you realize you could not live with yourself if you passed it up; so you help, and the positive energy that comes with your action is almost overwhelming!
These situations may be small and fleeting, but the power of the energy that they create is just beautiful.
So, rather than to try to be ‘great’ all the time, let’s celebrate the greatness that already exists in these precious snapshots of time.
Sooner or later, I bet you’ll find yourself experiencing those moments of pure joy and bliss more often than ever before!