As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
Henry David Thoreau
After reading that Thoreau published Walden on this day in 1854 I thought it best to go with a Thoreau quote. Another favorite Thoreau quote from Walden “If we are really dying, let us hear the rattle in our throats and feel cold in the extremities; if we are alive, let us go about our business.”
This quote is my favorite because to me it says what are you waiting for? If you are alive, live your life to the fullest…no excuses. Especially poignant to me because I have been struggling with the recent death of my friend and college mentor two weeks ago. This is a woman who lived her life and understood if we are alive, let us go about our business she was currently pursuing a doctorate degree and even after the cancer diagnosis was made she was positive she would live to complete her goal of starting and running a small press.
Today also seemed like a good day to look at your writing goals for the year, how are you progressing? What can you do different the last five months of the year to declare 2008 a successful writing year? Now get back to work! or as Thoreau would say “let us go about our business”!
The Writing Nag