Center, Missouri is an ordinary town, but what transpired there one summer night more than ten years ago was extraordinary.
Center is the type of country town with a small post office, a park (with veteran’s memorial), a small convenience-shop gas station, and one blinking stop light on the main intersection of the highway that bisects the town.
As a city boy, my friends were eager to introduce me to nightlife in the country.
“Watch out for Tom’s cows out on the County Route.” It sounded like ‘root,’ but we barely heard their mom’s warning as we sprinted out the door.
Seems the cattle were escape artists who found the grass greener in the pasture on the other side of the road.
We TP’d* their aunt’s house with toilet paper from her own linen closet (because no one locks their door in the country) and “forked” her yard before we headed over to Hannibal, Missouri (you know the one…land of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer) for a late night adventure.
Thank God Dairy Queen closes late in the summer and Wal-Mart is open 24 hours!
With a large circular rack of “old-lady” mumu’s next to an end cap of brightly colored feather boas, and racks and racks of shoes for dress up, why would you not stage a late night “fashion” show (which may or may not have been featured on PeopleofWalmart.com)?
Well, as they say…”it’s all fun and games”…until security boots you out the door!
All that’s left then is a midnight drive through the cemetery of a country church. (But that is another story altogether).
*TP – v. “A form of vandalism where the vandals put toilet paper all over the victim’s house.” – Urban Dictionary
Creating an Extraordinary Life
Being extraordinary is not necessarily about what you do,
but rather about how you do it.
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Greatness is uncommon.
You don’t have to get yourself kicked out of Wal-mart in the middle of the night. (Though I would consider a life in which you’ve never seen your picture on PeopleofWalmart.com at least once to be strangely incomplete)
You don’t need to go to the moon.
You may only ever visit exotic countries in your dreams.
You can still craft an extraordinary life.
An Extraordinary Life is an Uncommon Life
Conventional wisdom says that to live an extraordinary life all you need to do is what other people aren’t. But that’s only part of the equation.
To truly craft an uncommonly great life, you must consciously do what other people are not doing (or will not do).
Intention is strategic. It’s directing the focus of your relationships, business and life in a purposeful way. It’s looking ahead and making decisions to place yourself squarely in the center of the extraordinary.
It’s Not Always the “Big” Stuff
“Not all of us can do great things.
But we can do small things with great love.”
– Mother Teresa
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An uncommon life will be yours if you look for the smallest thing you can do greatly today and do it repeatedly. Then look for another thing you can do great and add it to the first. Soon your life will be filled with greatness because excellence has become a habit.
How did you learn your best “greatness” lesson? Who taught you excellence and in what area of your life? Let me hear your thoughts below!
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