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Henry David Thoreau On Aspiring Towards A Greater Life.

We must pursue our dreams, and devote our time to deepening our relationship to God. Success comes to the stubborn man, for the universe’s wealth shall raise him up. Against all fears of poverty and failure one must move toward our dreams. However, we must be honest, we know the people hiding behind the masks we project. Every addiction, every action, and every procrastination that removes us further from the love, wealth, and success we deserve. We must be hold tight to our aspirations, and become everything contained within our hearts. Henry David Thoreau tells us our dreams must be practiced and live through saying:

Dreams are the touchstones of our character. Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live. 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.

The root of righteousness is discipline. The root of a complete becoming is faith. Living deeply within the moment presented before us lead to a balanced and loving life. Thoreau speaks on the importance of living presently:

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this, or the like of this. I wish to live ever as to derive my satisfactions and inspirations from the commonest events, everyday phenomena, so that what my senses hourly perceive, my daily walk, the conversation of my neighbors, may inspire me, and I may dream of no heaven but that which lies about me.

“Probe the earth to see where your main roots run,” Thoreau advises. “Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.” Yet he is quick to point out that he cannot live up to all his own ideals. “These things I say; other things I do,” he confesses. “I am too easily contented with a slight and almost animal happiness. My happiness is a good deal like that of the woodchucks.” Thoreau’s essays on friendship (one of these, sent as an enclosure, is reprinted here) set such demanding standards of complete frankness and high-mindedness that one wonders whether Thoreau ever actually had a friend. These letters make it plain that he could in fact be a warm and attentive friend. A wonderful book that needs to be read diligently and seriously.

Henry David Thoreau

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