greatness vs GREATNESS

Sunday Reflections

I was thinking through one of my character arches and I wanted to define what GREATNESS is internally in comparison to what we can be shown it is from the outside.

On one side we have greatness lower case which is simply external greatness
On the other side we have GREATNESS uppercase which is internal greatness

What first comes to mind when you hear greatness?

For me Martin Luther King Jr came to mind and Buddhist monks which is ironic because they don’t strive for greatness.

How would the Characteristics for greatness look?

For me, the three terms that first came to mind about greatness were Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise. So I decided to look at these from the two different forms of greatness that we’re discussing here.


  • healthy- physically fit, nice body, nice hair
  • Wealthy- large amounts of financial wealth
  • Wise- knowledgeable in niche, book smart, street smart


  • Healthy- Good relationship with physical appearance.
    Good relationship with food. Appreciates and listens to their mind and body
  • Wealthy- wealthy in spirit.
    The bible defines the fruits of the spirit as
    Love Joy peace patience kindness goodness
    faithfulness gentleness and self control- we’d know a wealthy spirit by these.
  • Wise- Knows and continues to learn themselves

Now GREATNESS isn’t limited to that list. GREATNESS can possess both lists while greatness lower case is limited to only their list. For example a GREAT man can have both a wealthy spirit and financial wealth and both a great physical appearance and great relationship with food.

Healthy Wealthy and wise are not all there is to greatness or GREATNESS

I think someone to who is considered great or GREAT would impact their world and be hard to compete with.

Those with lower case greatness would impact the world with no purpose other than possibly financial gain and would use cut throat tactics to rise and to stay on top.


Those with GREATNESS in them would impact their world with intention and purpose to uplift the spirits of those near and far. They may be hard to compete with but they are GREAT people who welcome others to be GREAT along side them

Published by Jayne

Jayne is a writer. On her free time she likes to be with her family hiking outdoors and traveling. New England is her home and place of birth. When asked what she wants to teach the world she replied, "Don't stop searching. Too many times, in my old life, I put my search aside for more 'important matters.' I didn't realize the thing I was searching for held what was most important; my soul purpose." Jayne works daily improving her craft and at times can get down on herself, but her favorite morning mantra is "It's a new day." and that's what she strives to start with.

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