Vitia nostra regionum mutatione non fugimus.

Pron = WIH-tee-ah NOS-trah ray-ghee-OH-noom moo-tah-tee-OH-neh nohn FOO-ghee-moos.

We do not flee our errors by a change of locations.

Comment: I remember some school changes while I was growing up:
moving from AL to GA and then from GA back to AL, from middle school to high school, from high school to college, and from college to graduate school.

At each of those transitions, some thought occurred to me that the change of location would be nice. Whatever troubles I had at the time, so I thought, would vanish with the new setting, and I could "start all over". That never materialized of course, because, as I would learn, and as this proverb asserts, the change of location doesn't make our errors, our problems, our anxieties, our worries, our griefs, our hatreds and fears go away, nor are we able to leave them behind.

They are our stuff, and they move with us.

At some point, it began to dawn on me that it was not the physical move that mattered. It was the interior moves that mattered. Face the fear. Own the hatred. Dissect the worry. Feel the grief. Take responsibility for the error. And slowly, sometimes dramatically, the interior landscape begins to change.

Bob Patrick
(Used with permission)
Latin Proverb of the Day Archive