Don’t follow the crowd unless you know where they are going and are comfortable with it.

Henry David Thoreau challenged a generation of young minds when he told the world that he “marched to the beat of a different drummer.”

He did not want to do things just because everyone else did it; but listened to a cadence set by a distant conductor. It meant he had to be courageous enough to face his fears and do the right thing.

This may mean refusing to participate in activities that clearly violate your values and principles.

This may mean supporting that which your mind tells you is best, even if the crowd goes the opposite way.

This may mean reaching inside yourself for an inner strength to face the enemies of life, even though you are afraid.

God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power and strength.

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