A Path to Greatness?

“Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

I think this is very good advice. Sometimes in life we must just do what needs to be done. And sometimes we’re not happy, but that’s okay. It’s not always about the happiness.

And I think doing what needs to be done does lead to a sort of greatness. Yes, it will lead to the kind Shaw means–worldly greatness–but I think it leads to a greatness of spirit, as well.

When we don’t shirk what needs to be done, no matter how unpleasant it is, it makes us greater than we were, not lesser.  And it’s always best to strive to be greater.

Happiness will come later: the joy of a job done properly, the joy the comes with the freedom from guilt for not doing what needed to be done.

I don’t know about you, but Shaw’s words give me great comfort during this duty-bound November I’m living.  I hope you feel this same.

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About maggiec

Educator, writer, world traveler, bibliophile, theater devotee, cat lover, mother of an actor, adopted auntie to hundreds. Spreading love (and literacy), one day at a time.
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