I think its strange that I just found out one of my favorite quotes is actually a little longer and even more powerful than I thought before. I have always thought it to be simply “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” This quote from Thoreau has been my mantra for many years now, something I can read and be reassured, inspired, motivated, calmed, etc. I now realize it is even more amazing than originally thought.
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” Misquoted from Thoreau’s Walden: “I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. . . . 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.”
I am always over thinking, over analyzing, complicating things with unnecessary worry. It is wasted energy and the worst thing is that I know I do it but I still can’t stop doing it. With age and experience I have learned that you can’t say yes to everything and everyone because you end up losing out on things for yourself. In moving far away from friends and family I have learned the same. You can’t beg people to care about you or want people to want to keep in touch. But as soon as I let go of some of those things and focus on the people and things that do matter and that I do have control over everything else becomes simpler.
I have always loved this quote, its wisdom ceases to amaze me.