“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better for worse as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried…Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string”.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, from Self-Reliance, Character, Etc.
“What’s the problem. You walked your way in here, didn’t ya?”
– Joe McManus
Words of wisdom from my Uncle Joe, from somewhere in the middle of a cold, wet, black New Jersey swamp one late night during our many hunting adventures when I was a young teen. He kept leaving me behind and out of flashlight range as I dodged the brush and brambles, and I asked him how he thought I would ever find my way back if I lost him.
To him the answer was as plain as the nose on your face, which of course you could not see. It was always about self-reliance and accountability, for Uncle Joe.
For the greatest uncle a young boy could ever have. May He Rest in Peace, high in an oak tree of the Virginia hardwoods, with a recurve bow close at hand.
“A man’s character is defined by, and revealed in, the outdoor life”. – Michael Patrick McCarty