“Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises? 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)
Years ago I read a book by John Eldredge that said, in effect, that the most important battle we will ever fight is the battle for our hearts.
He was on to something.
Human beings are like snowflakes. While we all have certain commonalities like the marvelous geometry of snowflakes, we are, nevertheless, individuals. Sui generis. One of a kind.
We have unique talents, fascinations, propensities, drives, goals and potentialities. The war for the heart, at least in the realm of sense and society, takes place as we are confronted with the “safe” choice of conformity to expectations of peers and loved ones versus that road less traveled by which we fulfill our unique design and destiny given by God.
You have your own voice and perspective. There are enough parrots in the world. There are lots of people you touch daily who want to hear the events of the day through your perspective. What happens, then, if we play it safe and give the expected response, perspective or party line? Or put another way, what happens if we are not authentically ourselves by letting self-preservation rather than our values dictate our contribution to those around us?
Step to the music you hear. Don’t play safe. Play honest instead. Integrity is your watchword. It is what lets you sleep well at night. Be courageous and be who you were created to be.
And let the snowflakes fall where they will….