As Mother’s Day approaches, I’m reminded that greatness is a relative concept. The word itself implies something remarkably different in scope or dimension, from what we might considered ordinary. It creates a perception that greatness isn’t for us, that we’re destined to commit our lives to common endeavors, supposing greatness is reserved for better people, more important people. It’s necessary, then, to bring to the light of reality, just how great and uncommon are these tasks to which we’ve been called.
To whom might one turn to shift these perceptions? Who has the wisdom to shape the generations? It’s Mr. Rogers, of course.
My boss gave me a book called “The World According to Mr Rogers”. It’s saturated with deep, simple thoughts. Among them is this:
“A high-school student wrote to ask, ‘What was the greatest event in American history?’ I can’t say. However, I suspect that like so many ‘great’ events, it was something very simple and very quiet with little or no fanfare (such as someone forgiving someone else for a deep hurt that eventually changed the course of history). The really important ‘great’ things are never center stage of life’s drama; they’re always ‘in the wings’. That’s why it’s so essential for us to be mindful of the humble and the deep rather than the flashy and the superficial.” (Rogers, Fred. The World According to Mr. Rogers: Important Things to Remember. New York: MJF Books, 2003, p 144)
Greatness happens every day, everywhere there’s a loving mother. Greatness happens as children are being read to and tucked in at night. Greatness happens during conversations around the dinner table. Greatness happens every time a scraped knee is kissed and bandaged. It’s happening when homework is being checked and teacher conferences are being attended. Greatness is happening as mothers with careers inside and outside their homes, work to ensure needs are being met. Greatness happens when mothers pray that their families will always know a loving home, and extend that love to those who don’t.
Thank God for Mothers who make greatness an everyday occurence. Your dedication to family is sunlight to the darkest places on Earth, as your children spread the love you’ve deposited in their hearts. To measure the impact you’ve had in the world is an impossible task. This is why I stop and say, thank you loving mothers, for demonstrating true greatness.