"If one advances confidently in the direction of one's dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." --- Henry David Thoreau
For almost 2 weeks now I have been reading Walden by Henry David Thoreau. I know, I know...it shouldn't take that long to read a book...let's just say..."I've been busy and I'm savoring it!" It has been a little hard to read (the old timey language is difficult to follow sometimes) but I've found myself marking pages that hold particular meaning for me. I feel like Thoreau and I are kindred spirits. Both of us long for a quite place to call our own and to observe the world around us. The chapter titles even excite me a little and set my mind wandering. Where I Lived, and What I Lived For, Sounds, Solitude, House Warming and Higher Laws. He wouldn't have even needed to write anything in those chapters, and I would have known exactly what was meant to be there.
I think this book has inspired me to move ahead with the plan for my Walden. I've started to look for small cabins and garden sheds that can be turned into a very modest home. One day, I may have my dream home there but, for now, I can't wait for one day to come. Each day that I wait, is a day that I'm sacrificing my happiness for someone else's. I also find that I really enjoy a challenge...and want to prove all those that say
"it's not possible or wise" wrong. A little bit of that pioneer spirit is coming out in me again. Plus, if nothing else, it will make for wildly entertaining blog posts!
"Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live." --- Henry David Thoreau
"Our life is frittered away by detail ... simplify, simplify." --- Henry David Thoreau
"I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion." -- Henry David Thoreau
"Live the life you've dreamed." --- Henry David Thoreau
"Never look back unless you are planning to go that way." --- Henry David Thoreau
LAST ONE, I PROMISE.
"You know about a person who deeply interests you more than you can be told. A look, a gesture, an act, which to everybody else is insignificant tells you more about that one than words can." --- Henry David Thoreau
LOVE THAT ONE!
HOPE you all find at least one that speaks to you.