Thursday, January 10, 2013

Thoughtful Thursday-Wisdom from Thoreau

I spent part of today working on a proposal that I eventually decided not to continue with. As the new year begins, I continue to struggle with my birthday resolution to think before I get involved. I gave myself a rule that anything I undertake had to do one of the following: help my work to grow and develop, advance my career, make money, or bring me joy. I'm now adding that I have to feel completely enthusiastic—not sort of make me happy, but bring me joy, not learn something new or improve on a skill but really move my work forward in a direction I want it to go. I am happy to have this quote from Thoreau (Journal, 5 August 1851) to remind me of the importance of seeing, of really giving attention to the world around me.

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