Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Will you let others listen to their drummers?

From Dan Galvin's Thought For The Day mailing list:

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, naturalist and author (1817-1862)

This is one of the great secrets to human relationships. Way too often one person will try to manipulate another. Almost always it is because the first person believes they know what is best. They know what kind of food that person should be eating, or how they should vote, or how they should work, or how they should raise their children, or how they should worship God.

Inviting a friend to try a new food, or come to your church or consider a candidate is appropriate. But we need to be careful if we start doing more than offering to share what we have learned.

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