Dictionary.com defines epic as, among other things, “heroic; majestic”. Merriam-Webster adds “extending beyond the usual or ordinary especially in size or scope “.
Dictionary.com defines a virtue as, in part, “a good or admirable quality or property”. Merriam-Webster refers to it as “a good and moral quality”.
As a Master Facilitator for The Virtues Project™, and a student of character as a basis of leadership, I am increasingly reminded that epic has the characteristics of being a virtue.
If so, I would suggest epic is born of heroism and vision; of nobility and wholeheartedness. It implies the presence of the virtues of wisdom, courage and certitude. It is present in the speeches of Kennedy, Churchill and King. It is present in the speech of Aragorn.
We live in a world demanding such leadership now. Whether the world of work, or school or community… whether the world of nation building. We need epic. And yet, we struggle with manifesting it. I contend that we need look no further than the practice of heroic courage, wisdom, truthfulness to start. It is not about being either politically correct or offensive; it is about calling attention to truth and wisdom with nobility and wholeheartedness.
With this in mind, in the days and weeks to come, through a process of writing our next book, I will be offering thoughts around living epic, noble, and wholehearted lives. I hope that you will join me on the journey of exploration. It might very well be epic.
Peace, passion and prosperity.
Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™