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What contributes to lasting renown?

In response to yesterday's "Tokugawa’s Generals, and Being a Great Follower," I wrote that greatness is something you define for yourself. I asked, what's your definition of greatness, then? We can think about it. The reader clarified -

I wrote down a list of great men and realized what I meant by greatness. Glory, recognition by other human beings. From conquerors, to musical virtuosos, the great men are those that are supported by the wave of existing people. Great men are those who did something that is today recognized as valuable. Great men are those that are known by "everyone". That is how I think fame should be seen. That is how I am seeing it as of now.

Something that jumps to the eyes is that it requires other people. If you are great then at least someone must be not great. I guess being successful in life is different from being great. If living a successful life is minimally having 2 kids with more opportunities than you had and a strong family then once achieved, your are successful. Greatness I think could be seen as recognized success. Perhaps self-recognized success can make you see yourself as great...

If everyone is successful and recognize that their success and others are great, then everyone is great, hence no one is great. (or otherwise said, to my belief, the word "great" loses value as "awe-some" did) Well that is how I see it. Everyone is successful in something, not all are The Great. Where were the risk-taking warriors? As I now understand, they were fearful. Then again I suppose they had to stop someday throne or no throne. Having acquired the belief that to rebel is a bad ROI.

Eggs On My Plate

On Flourish

A big item on my dreams list is connecting people in my life with healthy food. This is a challenging one, because food is built into our personal traditions, and because accomplishing it might involve cooking, which is not traditionally found on among my personal strengths.

It has been a year of mixed success on food. I worked out of a corporate office in Minneapolis over the summer that had an amazing set of lunch cafes. They offered tons of greens, veggies, fruits, and healthy foods for a subsidized low cost. For the first time in a long time, it was as easy to eat healthy as to eat poorly. I would stuff myself each lunch with pounds of salad with an incredible array of veggies and end up so full that I couldn't eat anymore. As a result, I lost weight and felt great.

I read the book "Eat to Live", which confirmed what I thought I was observing. It advocates eating veggies, fruits, and beans primarily. I actually managed to cook a couple of recipes out of it, and they were palatable.

But then, as I settled back full time to Appleton, eating such a diet was much more difficult. I convinced some friends to go to the salad bar at the local grocery store for lunch--but the overwhelming food culture here is bread, cheese, and sugar. Last night I hosted my birthday party. A friend cooked and did an awesome job, and even made some vegetarian chili that was delicious. But, I think my girlfriend and I were the only ones who opted for vegetarian over meat. Today, I had pizza stuffed with meat. Win some, lose some, and during winter in Northern climates the body really favors losing some. Battles, not pounds..

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