I recently read The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot. I had thoroughly enjoyed Silas Marner years earlier and wanted to read another work by her. Mary Ann Evans used George Eliot as both a disguise and pen name. This gave her a better chance of being taken seriously as an author in the mid-1800’s.
The book is filled with shards of wisdom, but this one quote stuck with me. It was also highlighted in my Kindle version of the novel. It said, “He, like every one of us, was imprisoned within the limits of his own nature and his education had simply glided over him, leaving a slight deposit of polish; remember that the responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have a wider vision.” When things go awry, someone needs to have enough insight to take responsibility and help make good choices.
They could choose from this list of uplifting reminders:
- “You take the high road and I will take the low road.” (Loch Lomond lyrics)
- Be the bigger person.
- Turn the other cheek.
- Give them your cloak also.
- Forgive seventy times seven.
- Hold your peace.
- The more you know, the more you are responsible for.
- “You have to give a little, take a little. (Glory of Love lyrics)
These lyrics and aphorisms appeal to the mature ones who understand that age is just a number. The ‘mother wit’ of old souls is a gift that has been given to those with higher visions. They know how to move into the upper room of thinking when faced with grave decisions. They are able to exhibit more tolerance of others as they meet life’s demands
As wise eagles, they may perch for a while and observe the disorder taking place in the valley. After carefully assessing the situation, they can make their descent into the fray with plans in hand. With the aperture of the lens perfectly adjusted, they succeed in making a difference while using the lightest of touches!
Lynn M. September 7, 2019