Pursuing Our Path

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
—Henry David Thoreau

Hmm. I wouldn’t describe my path in life as narrow and crooked — it’s been more wandering and exploring. I’ve walked it with a lot of love, curiosity and gratitude, but reverence? I wouldn’t have used that term, but I do experience a sense of wonder from time to time, so maybe reverence isn’t that far off.

What about you? What has your path been like, and how have you walked it?


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8 Responses to Pursuing Our Path

  1. nick says:

    I’ve never seen my life as anything so well-defined as a path. I’ve just jumped from one thing to another in a rather random way. I’ve had some very different jobs, depending on what was available and what my current skills and experience were. Jenny and I have been together for many years, but we didn’t plan it, so that’s not really a path either. Ditto our gradual shift from a very modest flat to a large house. I’d see my life as more a series of stepping stones than a path.

    • Jean says:

      That would count in Thoreau’s eyes, I think. I remember deciding in my 20’s that I had no idea where my path in life was leading but it didn’t matter. I knew I was on the right track and was curious to see what happened. Life was more adventurous that way.

  2. Rummuser says:

    I never chose a path to walk on. I simply followed life where it took me and continue to do so even now in retirement. I cannot philosophise about it. I was simply in the right place at the right time for many of the things that happened to me.
    Rummuser´s last blog post ..Pune, My Home City.

  3. I always made plans when I was young, but eventually learned that Woody Allen was right when he said, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” So now I just go along with the path that emerges as I travel through life. Works better that way.
    Still the Lucky Few´s last blog post ..The Enduring Appeal of Reading

    • Jean says:

      I had strategies and a sense of direction rather than plans. How do you feel about the path that you ended up taking?

  4. Cathy in NZ says:

    my pathway has changed many times, I have spent many years stumbling along the chronic health route – with little side trips of the good kind of “tripping” – now it’s still on a change, or maybe it won’t, but what I’m doing now is not trying for it to be straight or soft or just right – but to spur me along towards other happier times etc…

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