So, for #WaldoWednesday I decided that it might be nice to introduce this man to you. I’ve posted his quotes for a while now but who is this man?
Born Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) he was known professionally in his time as Waldo Emerson.
I don’t want to bore you with paragraphs of his life so I think I’ll just list some interesting facts. If you enjoy them then let them lead you to learning more about him.
- RWE was a prominent leader in the Transcendentalist movement of the 19th
- He gave more than 1500 public lectures in his lifetime.
- A mentor and close friend was American philosopher and fellow transcendentalist, Henry David Thoreau.
- The death of his first wife, Ellen Tucker, marked the end of Emerson’s belief in organized religion and the start of his Transcendentalist beliefs.
- At age 14, he was the youngest student in his Harvard class.
- Ahead of his time, Emerson was a supporter of the suffrage and abolitionists movement.
- Emerson suffered memory loss at the end of his life.
- He was raised by women.
I find that last fact to be the most important. Because he was raised by women he grew up believing and seeing that women were strong, intelligent people. He worked as a schoolmaster at the school for women that his brother founded. He cared not that society was not yet up to date with his understanding of the equality of women.
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What does this mean to you?
Is it a metaphor for saying hindsight is 20/20?
Is it saying that as the days come and go we don’t see the lessons but as the years pass we will?
I can’t say for sure but I do know that it causes me to ask the questions and that means something to me.
I’m so sorry I missed last week. I was so excited about my daughter’s first Thanksgiving that everything else went to the waste side.
The theme this week and hopefully for the holiday and beyond is gratitude.
It’s incredibly easy during the stress of the holiday, life and basically everything to forget how truly blessed we are in out lives. We have family, love, food, modern convenience and so much more. We have grown so used to having these things that we forget to be grateful or have gratitude for any of it.
Help me in cultivating the habit of gratitude and let us all be humble this holiday season. We can start now and continue all through the year.
I have decided that in order for me to move on from the results of the election that I need to instill and provide my own optimism. This is not the end.
I will give this man a chance to prove himself before I judge him. He has used words that have offended me but I am willing to now judge his actions moving forward. I am cautious but I must have an open mind.
Our weakness was underestimating the anger toward the new and the unknown