this morning, while driving, i noticed a homemade sign taped to the rear windshield of a truck in the adjacent lane; it read: "don't believe everything you think." i thought then of the ways in which self-defeating thoughts can become self-fulfilling prophecies. i remain fascinated by the unexpected bits of wisdom found on the road.



i've come upon this quote several times, in the last few weeks:

"first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."--mohandas ghandi.


playing small

on the themes of the 2008 presidential election in the united states:

i'm bemused, but mostly dismayed by the viewpoint that inspiration is somehow for the weak-minded--those naively disconnected from reality, practical considerations. the very word hope is slung around accusatorily, raised eyebrows and upward-turned lips and all. it is insinuated that somehow, uplifting words and meaningful action are mutually exclusive; that the former cannot translate into the latter. that social policies and laws are enacted in a vacuum, void of the intentions and dreams that underlie them. we only need examine world history to know this certainly is not the case. i believe in the interconnectedness of things: as we believe privately, we act publicly; sooner or later, we become unable to separate these spheres. and perhaps it is those of us who mistaken cynicism for realism, who need the reality check.

to be fair, there are some of us who never quite make it beyond the words; our goals remain nebulous dreams, bitterly recalled as what might have been. this failure, though, cannot be blamed on hope. how could it be? at almost all times, we have a choice: to take real risks in the direction of our dreams, or remain playing small.