Remarkable … in other words, something worth talking about …
I believe we need to speak clearly about those things which amaze and astound us, the things whose passing we ought to notice.
We all see things that are remarkable every day.
Just take the “sun coming up every day” thing … where is that guaranteed to happen? In some ways, as you consider how the universe operates, you begin to realize we are all very small bits in a very large space, which runs on principles both known and unknown to us.
In some ways, every single day of our existence is a miracle and a wonder.
That’s remarkable …
“Recognize the remarkable individuals in your life who help you envision a world far beyond yourself.” (Bill Courtney)
REMARKABLE NON-EVENTS …
Sometimes our world becomes remarkable for what does NOT happen …
Take presidential political campaigns … please (sorry, could not resist a small joke).
Joking aside, politics at the national level has become increasingly partisan and sometimes we struggle to hear a clear and positive message that has depth and understanding to it about the challenges our country faces.
Yet we will elect a new president and will do so without the type of violence and theater that other countries regularly experience. Even with a history of violence in our own politics at times, we remain much more effective, at least on the surface, than most other countries.
That’s remarkable …
“Remarkable’s a well-chosen word. It doesn’t give you away.” (James Hilton)
REMARKABLE ALTERNATIVES …
Sometimes, remarkability has to do with the one alternative that occurs from a myriad of possibilities.
On the personal level, our lives should and could be a series of remarkable events, and not gossip or chitchat. You know, the type of exciting and wondrous events that make one grateful they are in a particular place at a particular time doing a particular thing.
Those of us who have been fortunate enough to create stable and long-term supportive relationships with a significant other person will recognize this type of remarkability.
When I think of all the possibilities that would have resulted in me marrying someone other than the person I did, I tend to get all slack-jawed at just how really cool it was that things worked the way they did.
That is truly remarkable …
REMARKABLE IN SPITE OF …
“If you are too afraid to offend anyone, then I’m afraid you may not be able to do anything remarkable” (Bernard Kelvin Clive)
With regard to leadership, here’s a last thought about remarkability that has to do with achievements … helping make great things happen. I cannot think of an instance when an idea or direction of any significance happened by someone without ANY resistance from someone else.
If you would be the author of something about which others will remark, you need to have internal fortitude to bear the resistance that will undoubtedly come. Sometimes doing a thing is remarkable not just for the being done, but for what was overcome or withstood to do the doing.
Feeling remarkably blessed for any number of reasons in the Heartland ….
Image: adapted from Gratisography.com