While browsing on Facebook today (which is sort of what I regularly do whenever my Globe Tattoo SuperStick is turned on), I became quite intrigued with the links posted by Globe’s Tattoo Facebook page, which is showing constantly in my news feed, and wondered what was Globe up to now. Well it turned out that they (Globe) were featuring posts from bloggers who wrote about “Greatness Starts @Home”. It was all about a blogging contest by Globe, which would run from February 25 to March 17, 2012.
Judging from what I have read so far, I can certainly attest that the competition is pretty stiff. I mean, just look at all the talents we have here in the Philippines. But even though this is a blogging contest, I am certainly enjoying all the posts that was submitted. Honestly, just reading how other Filipinos are successfully getting on with their lives, business or profession and being an impact to the community has already made me feel great. Hear that? I already feel great.
Talking and reading about greatness got me thinking. I know and you know that this is not the first time greatness has been talked about. Most of the time, we hear about greatness from sports commentators commending, supposedly, great players. Just watch YouTube videos about MJ vs. Kobe and read the comments below those videos. There, you would find commenters debating over who the greatest player of all time is.
But what is greatness? How do you find it? You know what? Christ’s disciples had the same dilemma back then when they asked Him, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Do you know how Christ answered their question? Well first, He called a little child and set him in front of the His disciples and said, “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
What I am today is not because of how good I am or how skillful I am. If it were not for my parents who patiently taught and guided me and if it were not for my parents and my aunt who sacrificed their needs over mine, I would not have been where I am today. I am just so glad for them. From my father I have learned about resourcefulness. There is always a better way to fix a problem. From my mother, I have learned about dedication and sacrificial love. From my aunt, I have learned perseverance and being organized. Their humble dedication for my success has put them in my all-time greats. Ahead of MJ or Kobe…no just kidding.
Like me, there are also people that has made an impact in your life. Unknown to others, they are the people who have showed unequivocal greatness in your life.
Today, I live my life as a private school high school teacher. I love what I do and I continue to do it because I see my students’ need. My love for teaching was borne out of the examples my parents and aunt have shown me. Teaching is no easy task. It’s not teaching academics that’s really hard. It’s having to struggle with the ups and downs of every student and to learn to understand their different temperaments, aspirations and emotional needs. With that you also feel their pain. Imagine what sort of teacher I would become had not my parents shown it to me while I was young?
Now, it is my time to show them what true greatness means.