Great And Noble Tasks

So, how was your day? Save anyone from a burning building? Dive into the street to rescue a small child about to be hit by a car? Make an emergency landing of a commercial aircraft in the Hudson River and save everyone on board? Find a cure for a disease? Give $10000 to a charity? Me neither.

Don't get me wrong. I find tremendous value and purpose in my daily schedule, but sometimes it just seems like my life is missing some "great and noble" task or endeavor. Something that would be BIG! Maybe I'm the only one who sometimes feels that way.

While reviewing some quotes for an upcoming program, I came across this one:

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
-Helen Keller
Reality check! I must remember that each and every task I undertake is important-and deserves attention to excellence. When I have my daily activities aligned with my purpose and governing values, almost everything I do can be "great and noble" because it is contributing to accomplishment of my purpose. Viewed separately they may not seem significant, but put together over the course of a lifetime they do lead to a life well lived. Whether it's an interaction with a co-worker, exercise routine or time with a family member.
Helen Keller would again best sum up my ramblings with this quote: Life is either a great adventure or nothing. Regardless of your path in life, may you choose to have a great adventure by finding the "greatness and nobility" in all you do.

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