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Forge me, life, forge! (Quote of the Month, September 2010)

Forge me, life, forge!
If I am flint, I will spark,
If steel, I’ll sing,
If glass – let me be shattered.

– Oton Župančič*

This month’s quote is from the poem titled Geslo (Slogan) by Slovenian poet Oton Župančič. As the title suggests, the poem was probably poet’s own personal motto.

I like it. It is simple and straightforward. It is brutal. It encompasses the essence of life and evolution. Trials and tribulations are not only expected, they are even welcomed. For they reveal to a man what he really is and enable him to develop himself further. And if he is not fit to stand up to the challenges, he is doomed. There is no judgment of it. The poet understands that this is just the way the world is, so he doesn’t feel sorry for himself. He doesn’t care if he is shattered, for he knows that he gave a good fight.

*My translation of the original poem by Oton Župančič written in Slovene