Joel Anderson en Fractals Forever, beBee in English, Education and Training Development Director • Kansas State University 14/11/2016 · 2 min de lectura · 2,0K

Lines in the Sand

Lines in the Sand

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.”
William Faulkner

I saw this photo and for some reason, it made me think about the world we live in. A world experiencing profound change and challenges—man made and natural. Global challenges that made me contemplate where the lines are in my life and how I need to navigate the world around me differently. More positively, more effectively, more tolerantly.

We all have lines in our lives. Physical lines we will not cross over. Imaginary lines that we just impose upon oursleves regardless of how rational or irrational our thought process is in defining these "lines in the sand."

There are lines we will or will not cross over. Lines that are straight and narrow. Lines that are clear and obvious. Lines that are malleable. Lines that come and go. Lines that are messy. And yes, lines that can and do change direction.

As I have navigated my journey, and arrived at my current place in time, I found myself gazing at the image and reflecting on it as I took a few minutes to think about the nuances of the “line(s) in our a world.”

We live in a changing world that is filled with simplicity, complexity and yes maybe even a dose of chaos. A world where, in the context of time, time has brought us to where we are and time that we and future generations have yet to experience. Time that is full of potential for where we may and can go in the future.

As I thought about the picture, it made me think of the following graphic. One that reflects a perspective of a path that has led us to the present. It is a graphic that reflects the impact of technology and its acceleration over time. It is a line where technology and information has influenced the knowledge of and interconnectedness transforming our world in profound ways.

Lines in the Sand

As I thought about the quote attributed to William Faulkner, it made me think of the potential simplicity of reflecting on where we are today. As I thought about it, I made a simple depiction of a line that has lead us to today and a reflection of choices each of us can make to change the way we act, behave and interact.  The choice is there to "never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion."  In the context of a metaphorical line in the sand, what would happen if each of us made concerted effort, and raised our voices today, to make the world a better place—to change the earth? 

Lines in the Sand

Time will march on, but we have an opportunity where we can either choose to harbor ills and wrongs from the past, perpetuate the status quo and fixate on the subtle or profound differences in our lives and our lines in the sand; or we can decide to do things differently.  We are at a time where we can embrace each other despite our differences, embrace our earth and globalness and do the right things because they are the right things to do. 

Me, I will do what I can to embrace the change around and in front of me and at least attempt to raise my voice and make the most out of the sand below and before me.

I want to leave footprints and lines in the sand that will make a difference and help make the world a better place.  I hope that you do too. 


Joel Anderson 17/11/2016 · #18

#17 @Sara Jacobovici Indeed. Thank you.

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Sara Jacobovici 17/11/2016 · #17

#14 #15 @Joel Anderson and @Deb Helfrich, your returning to DANCE reminds me of the fact that where there is life, there is movement.

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Joel Anderson 16/11/2016 · #16

#15 Thank you @Deb Helfrich Not that I am fixated on the topic of lines but your comment reminded me of a moment in time when my daughter and I were having a conversation about early childhood development. The discussion reminded me of a poignant experience in my life. Every once in awhile, my schedule would allow me to engage with my kids in their classrooms. On one occasion, I found myself sitting down with one of my daughters and a group of youngsters in a small classroom filled with a lot of these little future contributors. It was coloring time. One of the kids was getting frustrated and would color, stop, color, stop, look exasperated. I came over to see what the issue was and why the tears were welling up during an activity that was just supposed to be fun. I looked at this youngster, and then at the very clearly defined lines of a picture that were supposed to be colored within. In this particular case, the lines and marks of the crayons were all over the place. I just looked at the picture and this young child and said, "this is one of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen." In an instant, the tears subsided, a smile arrived and the coloring went on with a renewed passion and sense of purpose. And it didn't hurt that I was handed a crayon to help color my own lines. My initial inclination was to color within the lines but was told with emphasis--"Its Ok to color outside of the lines." It is all about perspective. :)

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Deb Helfrich 16/11/2016 · #15

#14 This is perhaps one of the best responses I have ever gotten, @Joel Anderson. And I have pondered a little more about leaving footprints and lines in the sand. Because it is important to take the difficult stands and draw the crucial lines.

I think that it is not the marks themselves that matter, it is the ability to make them again and again and again when life gives us the moments that matter. And to be willing to make the marks so often - DANCE! - that we become known as people who will make the footprints and lines.

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Joel Anderson 16/11/2016 · #14

@Deb Helfrich I have thought a lot about your comment and have gone back to the picture multiple times since I posted this piece. As I thought about the messiness of it all, I was reminded of a quote attributed to Alan Watts "The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance." Which then led me to think about a few lines from Lee Ann Womack's "I hope you Dance" "And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance. I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance, Never settle for the path of least resistance, Livin' might mean takin' chances but they're worth takin'." You and the others like you are the ones who inspire me to just want to dance despite the fuzzy lines and messiness of it all.

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Joel Anderson 15/11/2016 · #13

#1 Thank you @Savvy Raj Keep making a difference.

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Joel Anderson 15/11/2016 · #11

#8 Thanks @Deb Helfrich and thanks for the link to Andres Amador--very nice. Don't stop making those lines.

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