A little Walden

by Scott Smith

Transcendentalists veer to the melodramatic, however, this Thoreau quote has always appealed to me, and I think appropriate for my final days at the firm.

I learned this at least from my experiment; that if one advances
confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the
life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in the
common hours. He will put some things behind him, 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, Henry David Thoreau

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