Sunday, December 20, 2009

another reason...

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life,

to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean,
why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience ... ~Thoreau
"Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. 9Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing". I Peter 3:8-9


Marmee's Pantry said...


Leigh said...

The other day I had someone leave a comment on my blog, reacting to my use of the term "self-sustaining." This person said that this was impossible, with the implication that therefore it was not worth pursuing. This is much more eloquent than my reply, and it touches on the heart of the matter more adequately than I did.

goatmilker said...

How neat. What a great post. Have a great night Rebekah.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful reminder for those of us with a dream of living with a purpose.
Merry Christmas

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