What Great Thing Will You Do?

I had the opportunity this weekend to watch the movie Invictus starring Morgan Freedman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as François Pienaar, captain of the South African rugby team. The story takes place during the early part of Mandala’s term as president of The Republic of South Africa. South Africa is a country racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid and the movie tells the story of how Mandela and Pienaar come together to use rugby and the challenge of the World Cup to unite the country.

At their second meeting, Maddela has invited the captain over for tea. The President speaks about greatness and leadership. He asks François “how to get them to be better than they think they can be?” in part referring to the rugby team and in part referring to the people of his country. “How do we inspire ourselves to greatness, when nothing less will do?” “How do we inspire everyone around us?”. Mandela says it is through the work of others we can find inspiration and shares with François how a poem inspired him and “helped me to stand when all I wanted to do was lie down.” They both shared how songs had inspired them. Mandela talks about how a song “allowed me to expect more of myself.” It inspired him to do better.

What inspires you? What great thing will you do? You may think “I am not a president or captain of a national rugby team, so what greatness can I do that will matter?” Greatness is the accumulation of the minutes and seconds of each day. It is doing your best when there is no one else around. It is maintaining your deadlines when no one is reading. It is getting to work on time when everyone else comes in late. It is smiling at those around you and saying “good afternoon” even when you are tired and hurt and miserable. It is choosing to listen, really listen, to the opposing viewpoint. It is choosing to take another perspective. It is choosing to find a way to make it work, to create a compromise, to meet someone half way. Greatness begins and ends with the little details and the small moments. It does not matter what great thing you do. It matters that you choose to be great. It matters that you choose to be inspired. It matters that you choose to inspire those around you. Expect more of yourself everyday. Choose to be GREAT – for nothing less will do.

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

In love and light

Celina

A Decision is Made Over and Over Again.

“But he was able to understand one thing: making a decision was only the beginning of things.” by Paulo Coelho in The Alchemist

At the moment you make a decision there is a rush of energy and conviction. In that instant your whole being aligns with what you have decided to do. You become charged and energized. You see the direction you are going and this creates a feeling of completeness and power. You have decided. You know where you going and you are committed to getting there. And, as the shepherd boy realizes, making a decision is only the first step.

A decision is not something made just once, for only one time. A decision is made over and over again as the circumstances and situations in your life change. Making a decision is the first step and it is the middle step and it is the last step. It is all the steps in between. You make a decision. Then come all the other decisions after the first. They all follow in a line from that first choice. They follow in a line from that first decision. Making a decision is the first step in a line of other decisions. A decision is maintained by each of the following decisions that are made in each moment of each day.

After the decision, there comes the commitment and the actions to complete that decision. After a decision comes the maintaining of the drive, of that desire that caused you to make a decision in the first place. After the decision comes the will, and the know how and the learning that help you achieve what you have decided to do. After the decision the real challenges begins.

Is it no wonder that many people never want to make a decision with all the work that follows and all those other decisions stretching forth from the first. However, there is power and energy in making a choice. There is focus in choosing a direction and moving. When you make a decision and you make a commitment to that decision with all your heart and all your soul, the universe will rearrange itself to support you in that decision. It is only the first step and yet it is a vital, important step. Make a decision. Don’t let circumstances decide for you.

In love and light

Celina

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