Thoreau Thursdays (50): Marching to the Beat of a Different Drummer

March 29, 2012

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.  Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”
– Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Drummers, Shadle Park H. S. Pipeband, Tieton Highland Days Parade

This week Thoreau’s quote again celebrates individuality, but it is also a call for tolerance.  I think I am a fairly tolerant person, but the bigger challenge for me is to embrace differences.  Surely enjoying the company of people who are different from me will enrich my life in ways I cannot predict.

If I want to continue growing as a person, I must stretch myself — find the opportunities and lessons in the hardships that come my way, invite conversations with people who are not like me, travel to places outside my comfort zone, and use  my imagination to bring me closer to understanding and acceptance of the world I live in.

At the same time, I must find the beat of my own drum, even if it takes me out of step with the conventions of the day.  This is a lot to reflect on!

 

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One Response to “Thoreau Thursdays (50): Marching to the Beat of a Different Drummer”

  1. Emilia Says:

    Great post! I too have to work on my tolerance, which doesn’t make much sense as I find I don’t fit in amongst some of my peers, so one would think I’d be naturally less judgemental. It’s great that you acknowledge that aspect of yourself and you’re actively looking to change your perspective. Well thought out post. Good luck to you! :)


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