Everyday Greatness: Inspiration for a Meaningful Lifewith Insights and Commentary by Stephen R. Covey is an encouraging and thought-provoking read. It presents stories, anecdotes and quotes that are divided into seven categories, each containing three principles. These include such topics as responsibility, courage, discipline, integrity, humility and gratitude.
This is a great reference book to have in your collection and can be read straight through from beginning to end or in random order by subject matter. Some of the stories would also be great as read-alouds when you are teaching certain principles or character traits to your children. A couple of my favorites were Mike and Me and the Cake by Michael A. Andrews (I cried through it!) and Johnny Lingo’s Eight-Cow Wife by Patricia McGerr.
The end of each section contains a “Reflections” page with questions that challenge you to examine your own self in regards to the particular subject that was covered. I enjoyed reading this book and gained some food for thought in certain areas of my own life. Seeing obstacles that others have overcome and realizing how many “ordinary” heroes are all around us can be inspiring to us all.