Saturday, February 15, 2014
Golden Advice: Henry David Thoreau and the Mental Path
Hi folks, I'm off to the Montgomery County Book Festival today, hence the blog will be short and sweet.
My golden advice is inspired by Henry David Thoreau from his journals. He writes: "As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives."
This makes me think how important our mental path is. I mean you think something over and over and it becomes embedded in the essense of you. It rules you. Your thoughts will serve you or slay you. Think about the thoughts that are coming to you again and again. Is there anything in there you need to stop thinking? Do that now. Do you have some good thoughts repeating thoughts? Rejoice. You won't be easily shaken.
Here's another thought to chew on -- a book is a mental path. You travel through the same thoughts over and over -- we writers fondly call it revision. It is a journey to create a lasting mental path that will serve hopefully as long as the Iliad. Travel the path of your stories again and again. It is the way to discover the lasting path for the generations to come. Don't be discouraged if you have to travel the same path umpteen times to create the essense of what you want. This is the way of things.
I hope the mental path sinks in. I hope you come back next week for more Golden Advice.
Here's the doodle. Carve out a landscape with your words.
Here is a quote for your pocket.
We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn. Henry David Thoreau