As long as I can remember, I have always enjoyed reading quotations written by my favorite authors, political and socially active leaders, as well as those few unknown individuals.
A quote can capture a thought or express a fact in a way that either has a certain punch, is eloquently stated or contains a distinct humor that gets a mundane opinion across in an exceptional way. A quote usually touches upon a universal and everyday truth that, although simple, is difficult to express in a unique way.
I have many favorite quotes. You can find my most beloved preferences on my desk at work and on my walls at home. There is one quote, that always rings the most sincere to me. It is a statement from Niels Bohr, a Danish physicist who helped to develop the understanding of atomic structure and quantum theory. At one time he had said, “A truth is a truth so deep that not only is it true, the exact opposite is also true.”
Which brings me to my weekly insights.
When I first became the managing editor of The Windham Eagle, I looked forward to writing this weekly column and I continue to do so. I have always enjoyed taking a closer look at life around me, tousle through the observations that come my way and then come to a little lesson that helps me on my way for daily living. It is my hope, as a writer, that it helps the reader in some way too.
I must admit, I struggle a bit from time to time with this column. It’s not that I lack for words to express my thoughts, because I have plenty. However, I know that while I put my reflections on paper, there is more to what I consider. I know that when I write my truth as I have learned and perceived it; there is another side to the story.
So, while I express an insight that usually holds a “glass half full” perspective, I am aware the other side exists. And this is where the difficulty lies.
As tough as it is to write with the paradoxical truths in mind, I have decided that I will continue to wear my rose-colored reading glasses and let Pollyanna have her way with me.