Bit of Happy #54: The Source

26 Nov


“Discontent is the source of all trouble, but also of all progress, in individuals and nations.”
-Berthold Auerbach

When we are not happy with something or someone, one of two things can happen – either trouble (resulting through negative tactics) or progress (resulting through positive change). I guess we can also choose to do nothing, but in reference to this quote, it is speaking of situations where one is pushed to his or her limit. And in some situations it may not just be one; it could be a family, a group of people, a religion, a country or the entire world. With enough discontent present, something will change. Whether through trouble or progress, we are forced to act and find comfort in our decisions. And with these decisions, a more desirable outcome will hopefully surface.

Think about it. Apply it to your life. This quote has a ridiculous amount of truth. In disagreements. In debates. In war. And in charity initiatives. In outreach programs. In movements. When we recognize enough discontent, we find enough drive to make change happen. In most recent years, we’ve been challenged with enough discontent to make change – to make a lot of change. We’ve been called to react. Decide. Move forward. What type of challenges? When the terrorist attacks hit the World Trade Center on 9/11. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. When the Indian Ocean Tsunami reached the shores of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and others.

Throughout life, we will be presented with difficult times. Times where we may not approve of something or someone’s choices. Times where things may happen that we just don’t understand the justification behind it. Whether on a personal level or on a much larger scale, we must speak up when life calls us to do so. We must rise to the challenge to make positive change. When I first came across this quote a couple weeks ago, I knew I wanted to share it. I knew I wanted to have this discussion and bring this type of awareness. This quote leaves room for a lot of interpretation, a lot of open-ended thought. And for that very reason and the meaning behind the words of this quote, it is exactly why I wanted to share it on Little Bits of Happy.

Happy Friday! See you bright and early on Monday – well, the post may not come until after work. Either way, it’ll be on Monday at some point. Hope you all have an incredible holiday weekend. Stay safe, and eat lots and lots of TURKEY! (I know I have already.)


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