The challenge for Day 5 was to write a personal letter to someone and I kept that challenge for my self. So, we’ve skipped a day and moved on to challenge number six.
Today’s AoM Journaling Challenge:
Pick a quote from our 80-ish quotes on manhood and reflect on why it stands out to you. Does it reflect a man that you aren’t yet, but hope to be? Does one of them remind you of a great man in your life who you’ve tried to model? If you can’t seem to reflect on a single quote, just take the time to write out a few of them that you like. Doing so will keep them top-of-mind and perhaps lead to some thoughts later down the road.
The quote I chose is from Waller R. Newell, a professor of political science and philosophy at Carleton University, Canada. He’s written several books exploring masculinity and its role in the construction of political leadership. This quote resonated the most with me because it asks us to question how it is that we define the word “manliness” and how we wish it was defined. It ultimately pushes us toward a place where masculinity is defined by the men of the present, while acknowledging the richness of the legacy of men before us.