Nobel Prize for Literature – Alice Munro

I have to confess that, a few days ago, when i saw the announcement that this year’s Nobel Laureate for Literature was Alice Munro, I wasn’t familiar with any of her work. However, the article i read about her intrigued me, so I went looking and came across this wonderful short story that was published in New Yorker;

New Yorker – Alice Munro – Short Story

I loved the imagery, the sensitivity to find something good and worthy in all five of the main characters. At the same time, it carries something of sadness – a wistful way that people reach the latter years of their lives having failed to be and do what they had always wanted. I was left remembering the well-known quote from Thoreau – “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”

As mankind evolves, shouldn’t progress be about bringing that song out to be sung, not just in ourselves, but also in others. Maybe Stephen Covey was really on to something with his Eighth Habit – find your voice and help others to find theirs.

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