Hello dear friends,
Do you ever marvel at the genius things other people do and say and come up with? I do. All the time. Just the other day I had another opportunity to marvel. This time it was at my own son. He came up with this quote,
“Good is not good enough. Great is great enough.”
I asked him what it meant to him. He basically said we are always doing things that are good but we can be doing better. We can keep trying and making changes until we’ve done the best that we can and then it won’t be just good it will be great.
I’ve been thinking about what Jackson said and I think he’s right. All this coming from my child who has struggled the most in school and has had the most personal challenges. I am happy and his teachers are happy (more like we are thrilled) when he can just get the work done. But Jackson isn’t happy with that. He wants to do it the best. That leads to more frustration because his ability in some areas is immense where his ability in other areas doesn’t come close. But the desire to do the best in all areas is equal. So here is a child who isn’t going to settle for good. He’s going to go and push and work for great.
One of my favorite quotes says,
Try a little harder to be a little better. -Gordon B Hinckley
I think this summarizes what Jackson was trying to tell me. We can do better. We can do and be more than just good. Make those little changes. Try again and again and again.
But it’s hard and it can be scary. Why is it so hard and so scary? One of my sisters framed this quote for me, I think it perfectly answers my question.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous.
Actually, who are you not to be?
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
And as we let our own light shine we unconsciously give other people the permission to do the same.”
Who are we not to be great? Jackson is amazing. You are amazing. We are amazing. We have the potential to be great. To make everyday great or at least better than the day before. We are powerful beyond measure. I truly believe that. And I believe that you are truly great.