Sunday, June 5, 2011
That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him. Where is the master who could have taught Shakespeare? Where is the master who could have instructed Franklin, or Washington, or Bacon, or Newton? . . . Shakespeare will never be made by the study of Shakespeare. Do that which is assigned you, and you cannot hope too much or dare too much. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Identify one of your biggest challenges at the moment (i.e. I don’t feel passionate about my work) and turn it into a question (i.e How can I do work I’m passionate about?) Write it on a post-it and put it up on your bathroom mirror or the back of your front door. After 48-hours, journal what answers came up for you and be sure to evaluate them.
Over three years ago a coal fired power plant was proposed in my community. I wasn't knowledgeable about energy production, and as I learned more about what the plant could do to my community, sharing what I learned with friends and neighbors became a priority.
Fortunately there are other people in my community, across Georgia, the Southeast, and country who are teaching me and the public about the very real health hazards, financial risks, environmental impacts,and economic development problems which will result.
I struggle with finding better ways to persuade people to learn more about Plant Washington, or to re-think their support. Until the plans to build this plant are abandoned, asking better questions which lead people to oppose it will remain one way I can be better engaged in this work.