Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Practical Altruism

     It's funny how I get these (what I think are) new, big ideas. Then I plug the words into a search engine and tada, other people have already written about these things. Unfortunately for me, the articles that I want to read on 'practical altruism' cost me too much money to buy. So I get to decide what this means to me, without any other input.
     I was on a walk in this lovely, fall, brisk air, when these words popped into my brain – practical altruism. I want to really help the world in a big, practical way. I shouldn't have to be Bill Gates or Warren Buffet rich to do it, nor should I have to have the tireless body and soul of Mother Theresa. Why can't I just do something to save the world? I believe in the saying that if you see a need, fill it. So I give a few measly dollars here and few measily hours there. I do the best I can to be a decent person, taking care of the people and the earth around me. But I want to do something more. Shouldn't I be able to do that from where I am with what I've got? I'm just a regular person, with the regular health, wealth, and wisdom problems.
     There has to be something I can do!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Potential Excellence

      I've been obsessing about this concept for months, completely neglecting my other blogs. But also afraid to begin writing anything on the topic for fear the grandness of my ideas will disappear into excruciatingly tiny print, diminishing what I truly want to share. Words like 'personal excellence', 'human potential', 'super achievers', 'heroes'; have been plaguing my brain. What do they mean? How can I define them? How can I measure them? Do I have the potential to be excellent, to be outstanding? I have big dreams and I can string a few sentences together. But none of that is excellent, it is common. I beg God/the universe to please, please let there be an undiscovered greatness in me. I don't want to live a colorless, drab existence, having nothing special to give. I want to stretch out my wings, fly, and smile, knowing I am fulfilling my potential. I believe every human is much greater than they appear. Why we don't show our greatness is a quandary. There's something awesomely inspiring about people who step-out, who create, invent, march forward, like they knew what they were meant to do from the moment they were born. These people have something I don't. I'm not sure what it is. It feels like it's just out of my peripherals, almost with-in my grasp...