Jenn Bruer

Chasing Greatness: A Journey of Discovery

Chasing Greatness: A Journey of Discovery

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of celebrating the launch of my book, chronicling my triumphant recovery from burnout on physical, mental, and spiritual levels. Amid the Q&A session, a thought-provoking question arose: What have I learned most about myself while writing “Helping Effortlessly”? The answer, upon reflection, took me on a journey of introspection and revelations about the concept of greatness. Join me as I delve into this exploration of self-discovery, guided by the question of what it truly means to be great.

In Search of Greatness

Not too long ago, the notion of accessing my own greatness seemed enigmatic—an elusive concept that whispered promises of potential but remained just beyond my grasp. I had inadvertently pursued excellence, assuming that greatness would naturally emerge from such achievements. I chased excellence in friendships, generosity, self-improvement, intellect, financial stability, possessions, and more. Yet, my journey through these pursuits never unveiled the sense of greatness I so longed for.

Excellence, I learned, is not greatness. Character, morality, and accomplishments don’t inherently define greatness. The past or future, with their reflective regrets or anticipatory pressures, also don’t hold the key to unveiling personal greatness. So, where does it truly reside?

Unraveling the Illusion

Have you ever entered a familiar room only to have someone point out a detail that had gone unnoticed by your distracted gaze? Greatness, I’ve discovered, is much like that detail—it’s perpetually present within us, though often overlooked due to our preoccupations.

Neither in the past nor the future, but in the stillness of the present moment, I found the whispers of my own greatness. This realization was subtle, fragile even, disappearing when I sought it too eagerly. Yet, when I simply remained in silence, in the stillness with my breath, it emerged. This quiet awareness allowed me to grasp onto greatness, much like catching a fleeting dream upon waking.

The Dance of Stillness

In stillness, expectations fade away. Breathing becomes a portal to holding onto greatness—my own unique brand of greatness, intertwined with each inhale and exhale. It’s not about striving or achieving; rather, it’s about being present with the essence of self. In these moments, I feel like a natural wonder, a cascade of boundless potential akin to Niagara Falls.

During these glimpses of greatness, I embody purpose without yearning, completeness without lack. It’s a momentary union with all that I am, a connection with the universe.

But does this connection endure once I exit the meditative state? Sometimes it lingers, while other times it retreats, leaving behind a whisper of its existence. Whether it fully integrates is uncertain, yet with each meditation, each prayer, each mindful moment, I come closer to fully embracing my own greatness.

The Beginning of Discovery

Where does this journey commence? It’s as simple as acknowledging that you are aware, that your awareness is conscious of itself. This profound concept, introduced to me by Eckhart Tolle, was once a cryptic puzzle, but it now stands as a foundational truth. The capacity to be aware of our own awareness signifies our innate greatness.

These teachings aren’t academic; they’re experiential. I ventured into uncharted territories within myself, experimenting with meditation and self-awareness. Amid these trials, I began to connect with my own greatness and sense it in others. A glance, a word, a moment of connection—each revealed the greatness inherent in every being.

Finding Greatness in Others

By acknowledging the greatness in ourselves, we can perceive it in those around us. This recognition, though unspoken, becomes an unintentional act of healing. Yet, greatness isn’t the sum of accomplishments, character, or virtues. It’s not found in the past, nor is it solely pursued in the future. Greatness is an ever-present essence, uncovered through stillness and awareness.

Embracing the Symphony of Self

As I navigate this path, I’ve realized that my role is not to seek approval or validation. Instead, I embrace my own uniqueness, singing my truth without concern for others’ opinions. The metaphorical music of my existence, much like a grand opera, may resonate differently with each listener. Some may find beauty, while others perceive noise. Regardless, my mission is to sing authentically, owning my self-worth.

To relinquish the weight of external judgment, I adopt the mantra “allow.” Allowing others to have their thoughts and feelings without the need to manipulate or influence their perceptions has become my path to liberation.

A Continuous Journey

In closing, the path to unveiling greatness is a continuous journey—one marked by moments of profound awareness and deep connection. It’s not confined to accomplishments, nor is it anchored in the past or future. Instead, it resides in the present, awaiting our stillness and acceptance. Just as I have discovered, you too can embark on this voyage of self-discovery, embracing your own greatness with open arms.

With love and mindfulness,

Published by Jenn Bruer

Jenn Bruer is an esteemed youth counsellor and retired foster parent with an exceptional eighteen-year record of service. Author of the influential book "Helping Effortlessly: A Book of Inspiration and Healing", Jenn's personal journey through burnout recovery since 2011 has ignited her passion for holistic well-being. As a revered Mindfulness and Burnout workshop provider, she empowers individuals with transformative tools. Jenn's role as board member with Mindfulness Everyday, a prominent Canadian charity, showcases her dedication to accessible well-being education. Her remarkable trajectory exemplifies a commitment to healing and positive change.

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