“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” (Walden, 323- 324)
I’ve read the shorthanded excerpt of this so many times and found encouragement from it often – as I dreamed dreams and hoped. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams and Live the life you have imagined” . . . or “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams and you will meet with a success unimagined in the common hours” . . . Neither of which are Thoreau’s quote and they left me without the substance of the quote. The ‘how-to’ of the quote which is, after advancing and endeavoring, which requires courage and effort, decisions will be made, almost naturally, to leave some things behind in order to pass into the new life. “In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex . . . ”
In proportion as I simplify my life . . .
And I tend to complicate my life, experiencing the “disease of more” – I think of it as the the disease of “The More”. Let go, let go, let go . . .
Fingers crossed 🙂