“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” ― Mark Twain
I am a music geek. If you hang around me long enough, you’ll find out that I love music. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of meeting a few of my musical heroes. In almost every case, when I met them, I felt like I was meeting someone great. Take, for example, Phil Keaggy. I met Mr. Keaggy after a show he did at a church in Dayton many years ago. I was delighted to meet him and he was a genuinely nice guy. In addition, I knew him to be a godly man with a servant’s heart. So, needless to say, I was truly honored to meet him and felt like I was meeting a great man.
On another occasion, I was blessed to meet Steven Curtis Chapman. I was self-conscious and nervous and didn’t want to take up too much of his time, as I knew there were others waiting to meet him. When it came my turn to greet him, I shook his hand and must have seemed like I was in a hurry or something, because he stopped me and looked into my eyes and said, “Hi. I’m Steven.” In that brief instant, the way he said it, the genuine nature of his smile, I got the feeling that he was afraid he wasn’t going to get to meet me. We talked for a moment and then he moved on to the next fan. The best way I can describe it is like two kids in kindergarten who meet and one of them says, “Do you want to be friends?” The other replies, “Sure.” And so, they’re friends.
There are two types of great people in the world: those who, when you are with them, you know you are with someone great; and then there are those who, when you are with them, make you feel as though you are great.
I must say that the latter describes all of my true friends and, most especially, my wife. I want to be more like that.