Excellence is not optional. It is obligatory. Of all the homilies I’ve heard recently, these words left by a priest struck me the most. There is truth to it, isn’t there? As parents would want their infant children to grow up to be the best they can be, God created us expecting greatness from us. A song says “You raise me up to more than I can be.” It is therefore against God’s wishes or any parents’ that we remain complacent and be plagued with mediocrity.
At school, next to a diploma, it seems that it is all about excellence. Excellence is what students all endure sleepless nights and hard lessons for. However, some just simply remain a mere admirer and an aspirer whose words never go beyond “I wish.” Some settle for “that’s enough” and remain a dreamer.
Indeed, the pursuit of excellence is tough. We all know it so much so that sometimes we’re intimidated by it – scared even of failing to attain it.
But here is another thing I got from the homily. Excellence should not be looked at in the context of competition and outdoing one another. What then?
Just as it has been said that life is not measured in years but in deeds, it should not be a matter of who gets more medals of honor. It is simply striving to be the best we can be. We may never get to the point when we would become award winning musicians or Nobel Prize winners. But giving it all our best would surely make God smile. As we’ve surely all have heard, the journey is far more important than the destination.