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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

"The Unknown Quantity"

Henry Van Dyke was quite the interesting person...

Presbyterian minister and a poet with a love for life.

One of his quotes (that I love) is the following:

"Use what talents you possess.

The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best."

In life, we often shy away from doing something that we very much want to do because
of our fear of possible failure.

What if everyone who has done something really worthwhile had not acted but instead feared? What if one rejection or maybe a dozen rejections or even failures had scared away

the likes of Einstein, Bell or Salk?

So what if you aren't the best...artist, singer, musician, teacher?

How will you ever know what you could have been without trying and actually putting the talent you were given to some worthy purpose or use?

Don't be the bird that is afraid to sing because you aren't the best...

what a silent sad world that would be.

Dwell in possibility,


Libby said...

Amen! Wonderful, wise advice!

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

That's certainly difficult to remember, isn't it?