NOTEBOOK On Deadline by Lewis H. Lapham

May 2009 Harper’s, page 7

“As a college student long ago in the 1950s I nurtured the thought of one day becoming a writer, and on the advice of an instructor in sophomore English Lit., I attempted to form the habit of keeping a journal. … – and so I was glad to be told it didn’t matter what went down on the page. Anything at all the man said. … ; learn to put one word after another, like your feet in your shoes, and maybe you’ll find out you have something to say.”

I’m still looking for that something to say, so I have a lot more writing to do.

From my journal three years ago this day.

47.12.10 Each of us in life walks on the special path that the soul is destined to take. The pitfalls and blessings we encounter are unique, yet we are all learning and no one form of knowledge is more important than any other. Even so, when we observe others it can become easy to pass judgment on their decisions and to assume their actions will correspond to what we feel is right. But for every problem, there is a multitude of solutions. Everyone makes mistakes and while watching others do so can be frustraing, it is important that you accept each person’s unique way doing things. Given others the capacity to act in the way they feel best without the fear of harsh judgments honors the capacity for growth that all people possess.


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