Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Marching to the Beat of a Different Drummer
I call it being an independent thinker and it's one thing I've tired to teach my kids. As my dad used to say, "Just because everyone else jumped off a bridge, would you?" Naturally, I had to tell him it depended on why they were jumping off. I mean, I can think of several good reasons to jump off a bridge...like Gozilla on one end and Mothra on the other and you're in the middle of what will soon be a battleground. Best to get out of the way.
The saying "marching to the beat of a different drummer" comes from the writings of Henry David Thoreau, who wrote:
"If a man loses pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured, or far away."
I think Thoreau and I might have gotten along.
What about you? Do you march to the beat of a different drummer?
And just because it's March Madness, leave a reason to jump off a bridge in the comments and the best will win something special.