To the warrior, greatness is not the product of ego but of service. If you live for yourself, you can settle for less. If you live for others, it requires all of who you are.*
Being of any reasonable sort appears to require limitation. Perhaps this is because Being requires Becoming, as well as mere static existence – and to become is to become something more, or at least something different.**
Life comes with limitations.
I have often mentioned what I see to be the most critical of these – five elemental truths:
Life is hard
You are not as special as you think
Your life is not about you
You are not in control
You are going to die.
We can take these at face value and hunker down for a life of being who we are.
Or we can use them as they are meant to be used, limitations that help us to become who we can be.
Between our limitations and our dreams lies an adventure for every day:
It remains the dream of every life, to reach out and lift oneself up to greater heights. A life that continues to remain on the safe side of its own habits and repetitions, that never engages with the risk of its own possibility, remains an unlived life.^