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Daily Meditation: Hidden Greatness ~ Henri Nouwen

There is much emphasis on notoriety and fame in our society. Our newspapers and television keep giving us the message: What counts is to be known, praised, and admired, whether you are a writer, an actor, a musician, or a politician. Still, real greatness is often hidden, humble, simple, and unobtrusive. It is not easy to trust ourselves and our actions without public affirmation. We must have strong self-confidence combined with deep humility. Some of the greatest works of art and the most important works of peace were created by people who had no need for the limelight. They knew that what they were doing was their call, and they did it with great patience, perseverance, and love.

– Henri J. M. Nouwen

Yes, true greatness does not draw attention to itself for it is humble and self-confident and prefers to stay hidden and has no need to be in the limelight. I agree that the mass media tend to broadcast and propagate the fame or notoreity of people, and the society likes to know who is the latest talk of the town. So to stay in the shadow and do what we are doing, helping people silently, is going against the grain of the world mindset.

Jesus is a great example of someone who is comfortable helping and healing people behind the scenes, and even told them not to tell others he healed them, knowing that great is the reward from the Father (the Universe or our highest self), not from the world. And Jesus is an example of us – our true self knows intuitively this is how it really is – service in secret is a mark of true beauty and greatness.



I am a beloved child of Divine Love/Great Spirit, and so are you. We are spiritual beings on a human journey. My main interests in life include Nature, music, spirituality, inspiration, philosophy, sports, reading and photography.

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