One of the many inspiring things Margaret Mead observed and commented on was about the capacity of small groups to change the world. She said:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
I don’t know about you, but that last line is wonderful and hopeful, and that really speaks to me.
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Taken at a junction on the River Walk above Flat Rock, Augusta.
"... Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference."
From: 'The Road Not Taken' by Robert Frost
When I chose this one it dawned on me that I had another ‘road’ or direction quote. Well, so be it. Life is indeed a journey along a path – our path. And that is Frost’s point, we have choices, they are our choices as to which way to go. At the heart of these lines is the call to authenticity, will we go the road well travelled – the predictable, comfortable, everybody is doing it road; or the road less travelled – the one that is going to stretch us, deepen us, cause us to question (and question ourselves), enable us to grow, the one that includes pain or discomfort, love and love lost ….?
Frost, ever the subtle poet, guides us discretely to the thought that authenticity is about being true to self and honouring that which only we can bring to the world, to community. This not new, but Frost is original and profound, giving a new angle on life through his own experience. For Frost, the authentic person can only be truly themselves if they take their own path. It is an acknowledgement that no one can carry us or do it for us, no one else can be us. Frost doesn’t preach or moralise, he simply honours his own authenticity with – “And that has made all the difference.” He rejoices in his choice to go his way, to therefore become himself, no matter what he meets along the way.
On A Mission
Thank you to TravelBug for the nomination and opportunity to participate in the 3 Day Quote challenge.
- Thank the person who nominated you.
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- Nominate three bloggers each day.
‘”Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where – ” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.”‘ Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
This quote has been one of my favourites for many years. It speaks of how the adventure is not so much unplanned as not to react to spontaneity, interventions, and things beyond your power. For Alice it is also a hopeful answer, she will get somewhere, so long as she simply sets out. It is the intention of beginning that is important, not the presumed end. The insight is, we can’t see the end even if we were to plan it, because we can’t control it. So for me life has been a journey in a real sense, intentionally setting out, but not presuming too much about where it all might end.
Flowers and Breezes