This is one of my favorite poems, and it’s something I try to live by.
I’ve had my fair share of days that don’t go as planned (heck, don’t we all?), but I do my best to put it behind me, and concentrate on making the next day better. 51 more words
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
What began as a realistic shot of a hummingbird perched on a honeysuckle vine in our garden became, after a bit of play, something else. As I developed this I listened to a prelude for piano by Debussy, symphony music by Rodrigo—what might it have become with a bluegrass or classic rock influence? 15 more words
In my previous post, on Emerson’s essay “Power”, I pulled a few quotes from Emerson that saw him choosing brute animal power over human civility. Most explicit is the following: “if it be only a question between the most civil and the most forcible, I lean to the last.” (977) Emerson further claims that what is of value in power lies in the transition from the forcible to the civil, when civility has acted as a sieve removing some of the “astringency” of this brute power, but before civility has erased that power altogether. 310 more words