Desperate For Relief?

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.
Henry David Thoreau

My former pastor used to weave this quote into his sermons as a call to action; to shake us up from our conventional thinking. For me, it always stung to hear this quote because it went right to the heart of my feelings about being in a SM.

Once I made the decision to leave, the quiet desperation evaporated. I have many songs to sing, and none of them will go to the grave with me.

What about you?

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2 Responses May 5, 2012

Well said. I am not sure whether at some point I might find the courage to change my circumstances... But at least I've come to realize that I have the right to choose what I want!

This quote goes to the heart of the problem many people have IMO - they allow their lives to be governed by fear. They challenge all possible change with "What if . . . ?"<br />
And always, the "What ifs" look at the negative side. They fail to recognise that the "What ifs" can also offer positives and improvements.<br />
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We have a car insurance ad here in Australia in which the potential client raises all sorts of (hiighly unlikely) negative scenes to see if his policy will cover that event. Such as "What if a dinosaur was to roll over on my car?" Of course the purpose of the ad is to convince the viewer that this policy covers all contingencies.<br />
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Some people want such a policy on their life. They do not want to move out of their comfort zones (even when there is little or no comfort IN those zones) for fear that <br />
"A dinosaur might roll on me."<br />
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So they live with their "quiet desperation", meekly accepting this as their lot in life, and either failing to recognise or refusing to recognise that they have choices. And those choices aren't perfect; they aren't risk free. BUT they do allow for the possibility that you don't haver to go to your grave feeling that way.<br />
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You, 23, are proof positive of how such choices CAN chase away that "quiet desperation" . . .!!