Sunday, January 30, 2005

Orrin Woodward - Emerson

"The characteristic of heroism is persistency. All men have wandering impulses, fits and starts of generosity. But when you have chosen your part, abide by it, and do not weakly try to reconcile yourself with the world. The heroic cannot be the common, nor the common heroic. Yet we have the weakness to expect the sympathy of people in those actions whose excellence is that they outrun sympathy and appeal to a tardy justice. If you would serve your brother because it is fit for you to serve him, do not take back your words when you find that prudent people do not commend you." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Orrin Woodward invited me and we invite you - to choose your part, to be uncommon, even when those "prudent" people do not commend you. Quit trying to reconcile yourself with the world.

Yours can be a heroic life.