30 Day Writing Challenge — Day 17: A Quote You Try To Live By

I find a lot of inspiration in the words of other people. I always have. In college, I collected quotes. I had phrases written everywhere. For maybe the last two decades, the following quote has given me pause and inspiration when I needed them:

Here and there among men, there are those who pause in the hurried rush to listen to the call of a life that is more real. How often have we seen them, David, jostled and ridiculed by their fellows, pushed aside and forgotten, as incompetent or unworthy. He who sees and hears too much is cursed for a dreamer, a fanatic, or a fool, by the mad mob, who, having eyes, see not, ears and hear not, and refuse to understand.

We build temples and churches, but will not worship in them; we hire spiritual advisers, but refuse to heed them; we buy bibles, but will not read them; believing in God, we do not fear Him; acknowledging Christ, we neither follow nor obey him. Only when we can no longer strive in the battle for earthly honors or material wealth, do we turn to the unseen but more enduring things of life; and, with ears deafened by the din of selfish war and cruel violence, and eyes blinded by the glare of passing pomp and folly, we strive to hear and see things we have so long refused to consider.

Penned more than a century ago by Harold Bell Wright, The Shepherd of the Hills is a work of historical fiction, loosely based on real people and events in the Ozarks of Missouri. This quote is taken from a letter the main character is writing to his friend David, about the passing of his grandson, a young man named Pete. Pete was challenged in many ways but found respite in the hills and trees and birds, and in the end, served as an inspiration to the main character.

I sometimes think I see the world differently than many people do, but I guess I sometimes strive to see the world differently. Either way, this quote reminds to go after things in life that may be overlooked or underappreciated.