Now is the time! LO13607

Richard C. \ (
Wed, 14 May 1997 19:46:13 -0700

"There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the
conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must
take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide
universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but
through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to
till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he
knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.
Not for nothing one face, one character, one fact, makes much impression
on him, and another none. This sculpture in the memory is not without
preestablished harmony. The eye was placed where one ray should fall, that
it might testify of that particular ray. We but half express ourselves,
and are ashamed of that divine idea which each of us represents. It may be
safely trusted as proportionate and of good issues, so it be faithfully
imparted, but God will not have his work made manifest by cowards. A man
is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his
best; but what he has said or done otherwise, shall give him no peace. It
is a deliverance which does not deliver. In the attempt his genius deserts
him; no muse befriends; no invention, no hope." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The recent dialog in these threads concerning accountability, learning,
motivation reminded me of one of my lifelong learner role models. I hope
that Emerson's sentiments provoke some thoughts from among you.

Richard C. "Doc" Holloway, Limen Development Network -

"I am myself and my circumstances." Jose Ortega y Gasset

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