There Is Greatness In Goodness

My Beloved and I watched the new Oz movie a few days ago. I just flashed back to a scene in the movie where a man with many flaws who has wanted his whole life to be great and failed over and over again finally does something that is indeed great.

The woman he is with says something to him that is profound. It went something like this:

“Yes, you were great, but you were also something much better than that. You were good.”

The longer I live, the more I have come to understand the truth and wisdom in those words.

One can be great without being good, but there is greatness in goodness.


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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28 Responses to There Is Greatness In Goodness

  1. shianwrites says:

    Very profound Russ!

  2. I re-read it a couple of times and I agree totally…Diane

  3. billgncs says:

    yes, good is always a choice

  4. mimijk says:

    And you my friend have achieved that greatness in goodness.

  5. russtowne says:

    I’m touched and deeply honored by your compliment, Mimi. It is humbling in a wonderful way, especially since it is coming from someone who I believe has achieved that greatness in goodness.

  6. kmabarrett says:

    Now you’ve moved it from my want to see to my must see list…

  7. Reblogged this on Teacher as Transformer and commented:
    The last line before Russ signed off says it all. We can be great, but not good. We can find our greatness in our goodness. Be good today for goodness sake.

  8. lvsrao says:

    Really Profound truth.
    It is Good to know this for being Great in Goodness.

  9. casandralee says:

    Too busy trying to be good to try and be great.
    Thank you for a post that very much comforted my soul. Also, thanks to Ivonprefontaine, for helping me find this blog!

    • russtowne says:

      I’m glad that it resonated with you, casandralee. I’ve found that when I simply do the kindest thing when faced with a decision I tend to love the overall results. I believe your inner spirit contains much goodness and greatness. Share yours with the world, my friend.


  10. elizabeth says:

    Words that remind me to be good are always helpful. 🙂

    Russ, if you don’t mind can I ask you for some suggestions on non-fiction short story books to read?

    On a side note, Congratulations to you and your dear wife on 33 years of marriage. That’s AWESOME!

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, Elizabeth! I’m glad the post was helpful. Welcome! May you always feel at home here. As for some suggestions of non-fiction short story books to read, I’m afraid that I won’t be much help as I typically read fiction, and the non-fiction I read is most often related to my profession, investment management. You might try “Amazing Grace”. It’s a powerful story about the abolition of slavery in England and about how the song “Amazing Grace” came to be. Some of my favorite fiction books includ “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”, “To Kill a Mockingbird, “Ivanhoe”, “Enders’ Game, and “The Virginian”.

      Come to think of it, all of the stories I have written in this blog are true. Most have elements of humor and some share glimpses of my spirit. Good topics to start with include:
      “True Stories I ‘ve Written”, “Family Fun”, & “Parenting”. You’ll see a lot of overlap.

      You might also be interested in hearing some of the Songs I’ve Written or Co-Written which can be found in the category with that name.


  11. is a difficult combination and possibly hard to achieve but both the attributes complement eah other and render wholeness and uniqueness to a human being who is revered and remembered in the times to come.

  12. Yes, and yes ,and yes! Goodness must be next to Godliness!

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  14. To my mind you are goodness personified, Russ! 🙂

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