“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at its testing point.”
~C.S Lewis (1898-1963)
George Carlin’s quote below got me thinking… To me, one of the greatest life lessons is to maintain my individuality and still participate in a group experience- despite the challenges. Have I always been successful? Sometimes, though evidence suggests I am a work in progress. What I do know from experience inside myself and working with others, is that change, at its best, happens from the inside out. One individual functioning through their own inner awareness and integrity can move an entire group. As an agent of change they may be ejected, shunned and disavowed. In the end, the group will push and pull together, transfiguring the learning, until they create something agreed upon as better. Built on the shoulders of one person, acting in courage, who may have already been ejected, shunned and disavowed.
Change does not come easily to most people. To maintain oneself within a group requires a close inner connection to source, humor, tenacity and courage. Here’s that quote that got me thinking and while I don’t find myself completely in agreement with you George, you have my love and appreciation. RIP George Carlin.
“I don’t like ass kissers, flag wavers or team players. I like people who buck the system. Individualists. I often warn people: “Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, ‘There is no “I” in team.’ What you should tell them is, ‘Maybe not. But there is an “I” in independence, individuality and integrity.’” Avoid teams at all cost. Keep your circle small. Never join a group that has a name. If they say, “We’re the So-and-Sos,” take a walk. And if, somehow, you must join, if it’s unavoidable, such as a union or a trade association, go ahead and join. But don’t participate; it will be your death. And if they tell you you’re not a team player, congratulate them on being observant.” ~George Carlin
From the tip of the wedge:
“This is the art of courage: to see things as they are and still believe that the victory lies not with those who avoid the bad, but those who taste, in living awareness, every drop of the good.” ~Victoria Lincoln (1904-1981)
“Courage is not the towering oak that see storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.” ~Alice MacKenzie Swaim
“It may take courage to embrace the possibilities of your own potential, but once you’ve flown past the summit of your fears, nothing will seem impossible.” ~Michael McKee
“Life is short, break the Rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably. And never regret ANYTHING that makes you smile.” ~Mark Twain (1904-1981)
“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ~Steve Jobs (1955-2011)
“Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.” ~Orson Swett Marden (1850-1924)