Nil Magnum Nisi Bonum: On Goodness


Good morning my Wild Ones!

Today’s post is on my very favorite quote,

‘Nil Magnum Nisi Bonum’,

which translates to

‘No Greatness Without Goodness’.

Ofttimes as we get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of our lives, goodness gets lost. I can be the first to say that the reaches of my goodness have gotten smaller, the further I have gone in education. Busyness often makes it more difficult for us to see outside of ourselves. When you have so much dealing with in terms of you, why would you look outside of you to pick up someone else’s problems? But that’s the thing,

1. Goodness puts perspective on your problems.

When you are the center of your universe, your problems look huge. But when you look outside of yourself and realize that everybody is going through something, your problem becomes one of the billions of problems that people are dealing with today. It suddenly does not look so big, so daunting. Also, you begin realize that there is ALWAYS someone that has it worse than you and has still chosen to make it. That means that you can make it. My post on Smiling Atop the Ruins of Your Life talks more about this.

2. Goodness uplifts you, making you more prepared to tackle your problems.

Honestly, attitude affects your ability to tackle problems. Positive attitudes simply make problems smaller and easier to handle. When I think of the process of getting through issues, the first step is always getting over yourself, then handling the issues at hand. The worse our mindsets are, the longer the process of getting over ourselves is. Goodness brings positivity and teaches us how to get over ourselves.

3. Goodness makes way for greatness.

This is what the post is really about. No matter what field or profession you are in, it is impossible to be great without empathy. That’s what goodness gives you. It grows your empathy muscles. Yes, you can make a lot of money without empathy, but it is very difficult to make a real difference in the world without it. Money does not make you great; it is how you influence your environment for the good that makes you great.


But alas, goodness is not about you. If we make goodness about ourselves, we have missed the whole point. There are people out there who need your help whether it be something intangible like love or something tangible like money; either way people need people. So go out there and help someone. Be intentional about your kindness. Start off by being cognizant of the needs in your sphere of influence and be intentional about filling those. Then continuously push yourself outside of your comfort zone; grow you sphere of influence. Then become cognizant of the new needs around you, and keep growing like that until the world is your sphere of influence. Change the world my friends, one act of kindness at a time.

Sending nothing but love in your direction,


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A young visionary. In spite of talents and passions in a plethora of areas, I have a singular mission in life. Helping people whether be physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually, is the totality of my life's mission. Nothing more. My purpose, however is to fulfill this mission primarily through medicine. But I do not want to stop at medicine. I want to use my words in all areas of my life to help people. My blog at is one of the main ways for me to accomplish this goal. On this blog I help people to daily find beauty in the wild extremities of their souls where sun rarely shines, yet beauty blossoms full.

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