Saturday, February 14, 2009

Making New Trails

A comment I made on Faithful Dissident's blog that I thought I would include here as well. Somehow it seems appropriate to my current situation.

Two quotes I've read recently:

"People who say things that differ from the norm used to get burned at the stake. The more controversial, the more of a nerve you're striking in the established community." - from the book, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life by Daniel G. Amen

"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some people get "burned at the stake," so to speak, but sometimes sacrifices are necessary to create awareness and education about difficult subjects. Sometimes trails have to be forged.

If excommunication is indeed my future fate, it will sadden me. But I have also felt that I need to stay true to the choices I have made, and I have felt God telling me things will be all right.

6 comments:

Chedner said...

I truly admire you.

I wish I could be so humble.

Gay LDS Actor said...

Thank you, Chedner. That's very kind of you to say. I don't know how humble I am. I just know I'm trying to live as good a life as possible. I'm certainly not perfect; I'm just doing the best I can to be a good human being.

ConservativeRepublican said...

Great quotes, especially the Emerson.

I'm glad that God has told you everything will be OK even if you do get excommunicated. That must be a huge comfort to you as you face an unknown future with the Church.

Oh, and I showed this blog to my fiancé, and the first thing out of his mouth was, "He's a pretty brave guy." Given your humility, it may make you feel awkward to hear that, but just thought I should share his reaction with you.

BTW, if you ever feel like conversing via e-mail, feel free to just go to my blogger profile to get the address. I allow people to see my e-mail address.

Take care.

Jon

Gay LDS Actor said...

Jon,

I don't know that I'm brave. I'm just doing what I feel I have to do to be happy. But thank your fiance for the sentiment.

Thanks for the email offer as well.

Captain Midnight said...

I love what you wrote here. I agree with you 100%. I hope that things go well whatever happens. Thanks for leading the way for others.

Captain Midnight said...

I love what you wrote here. I agree with you 100%. Thanks for leading the way for others to follow :)