As a civilization, we’re living in exciting yet terrifying times. The words tenuous, fragile and unpredictable come to mind when we consider what the future holds. On any given day, we’re faced with serious questions regarding our well-being, progress and survival and if we’re not careful, we may find ourselves settling on the wrong answers.
Some days, like today, the words of others, though may not necessarily be the answers to our most pressing questions, do provide guidance and much-needed comfort.
If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. ~ attribution undetermined
Conviction need not be a dividing force that leaves no room for common ground. It may not be the main ingredient for getting along with those who espouse opposite views, but some things are much too important to give up on.
THE HALFWAY POINT
The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway. ~Henry Boye, publisher of Harvard Business Review
This is not just a blatant plug for the name of my blog. Some call it compromise, others call it getting along. The key is to find the balance between, to paraphrase the Rolling Stones, not getting what you want and getting what you need.
We are the ones we have been waiting for. ~ June Jordan, poet
When something is broken, it’s all too easy to blame someone who broke it, or someone who was tasked to fix it even if (s)he didn’t break it. What’s not as easy to do is to accept that 1) the mess is bigger and more complex than one person can fix, and 2) no one person or entity is going to come for us to fix our own mess. We are it and each of us is invited to play a part, no matter how seemingly small, in the solution.
Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not. ~Samuel Johnson, poet, author, etc.
Kindness is not a reward, and meanness is not the standard by which any of us need to adhere. We don’t have to want to have a beer with those we work with or those who are in positions of power. It is, however, possible to choose to treat them with kindness.
Think globally, act locally. ~ David Brower, noted environmentalist
It applies to more than just the earth. If our thoughts are to have meaning, it is impossible to think of ourselves without also considering others. And if we want efficacy in our actions, starting small, locally, is the best way to do it.
What and whose words of wisdom guide you?