Where the legends of tomorrow
Respect everything that came before,
at the same time as they tear it apart.
Creating future heritage
every step of the way. [Nike]
Where the legends of tomorrow
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
[J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the Ring]
‘It takes courage to make a new start – to try a new way of life, of find a different rhythm, or establish another way of being; but something within us – a more authentic voice than the superficial chattering of our ego-driven mind – quietly urges us to be brave, to go for it. If we heed that call of what we might call “soul”, then we must be prepared to let go of life-as-we-know-it, and set out for the place where we most fully belong. We must leave home, in other words, to find our home again. [Brian Draper, 2012, Less is More]
I love this idea of bravery and courage surrounding change, the mindset needed ‘to try a new way of life, of find a different rhythm, or establish another way of being’ and how we need to tap into our authentic self away from the busy and ego-driven world we live in.
As I’m seeking to make significant changes and explore new ideas and find new rhythms, this could not be a more timely passage to read. Be daring, be passionate, be courageous to break free and live your own and more purposeful life.
I’m currently reading Brian Draper’s book, ‘Less is More – Spirituality for Busy Lives’. Draper runs Echosounder, a consultancy which works with leaders and organisations to nurture their spiritual intelligence. To read more on Brian Draper, visit www.briandraper.org
“There is no passion to be found in settling for a life less than the one you are capable of leading” [Nelson Mandela]
Someday I will do… Someday I will become… Someday I will see… Someday when the time is right…
Don’t wait for someday to come, do it now and say,
I have been…I have become… I have seen… I have decided what I want and worked out how I am going to get it…
I do NOT wait for someday!
“My fellow Americans, men and women like Cory remind us that America has never come easy. Our freedom, our democracy, has never been easy. Sometimes we stumble; we make mistakes; we get frustrated or discouraged. But for more than two hundred years, we have put those things aside and placed our collective shoulder to the wheel of progress – to create and build and expand the possibilities of individual achievement; to free other nations from tyranny and fear; to promote justice, and fairness, and equality under the law, so that the words set to paper by our founders are made real for every citizen. The America we want for our kids – a rising America where honest work is plentiful and communities are strong; where prosperity is widely shared and opportunity for all lets us go as far as our dreams and toil will take us – none of it is easy. But if we work together; if we summon what is best in us, with our feet planted firmly in today but our eyes cast towards tomorrow – I know it’s within our reach.
[President Barack Obama, State of the Union 2014 Address, closing remarks]
‘…These were skins he lived in, or masks he wore for a while. Depending on your point of view, the number of them meant that he had a life full of of lies and contradictions, or that he compartmentalised the different aspects of his existence with remarkable success – or that, like many twenty-three year olds he was still discovering who he was, trying on different identities and figuring out how they are connected to his fundamental self.’ [Gavin Edwards on River Phoenix]