Today’s quote comes from page 7 of John Steinbeck’s book, Grapes of Wrath.
After a while the faces of the watching men lost their bemused perplexity and became hard and angry and resistant. Then the women knew that they were safe and that there was no break. Then they asked, What’ll we do? And the men replied, I don’t know. But it was all right. The women knew it was all right, and the watching children knew deep in themselves that no misfortune was too great to bear if their men were whole.
I enjoy this quote because I believe it speaks to leadership. If as a leader, you can remain whole in the most trying of times, it brings a sense of calm to those that rely and follow you. The families Steinbeck is speaking of just lost their farms, their homes, and their source of income. The family/unit knew that as long as their leader remained strong in the face of adversity, they would survive.