“The best teacher is experience and not through someone’s distorted point of view.”
[Jack Kerouac, [On The Road’]
“A man who procrastinates in his CHOOSING will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance. So if you now number yourself among the disenchanted, then you have no choice but to accept things as they are, or to seriously seek something else. But beware of looking for goals: look for a way of life. Decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living WITHIN that way of life. But you say, ‘I don’t know where to look; I don’t know what to look for.’
And there’s the crux. Is it worth giving up what I have to look for something better? I don’t know—is it? Who can make that decision but you? But even by DECIDING TO LOOK, you go a long way toward making the choice.”
[Hunter S. Thompson – written in a letter to a friend, aged 20.]
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment. I told them they didn’t understand life.”
Where the legends of tomorrow
Respect everything that came before,
at the same time as they tear it apart.
Creating future heritage
every step of the way. [Nike]
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
[J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the Ring]
‘It takes courage to make a new start – to try a new way of life, of find a different rhythm, or establish another way of being; but something within us – a more authentic voice than the superficial chattering of our ego-driven mind – quietly urges us to be brave, to go for it. If we heed that call of what we might call “soul”, then we must be prepared to let go of life-as-we-know-it, and set out for the place where we most fully belong. We must leave home, in other words, to find our home again. [Brian Draper, 2012, Less is More]
I love this idea of bravery and courage surrounding change, the mindset needed ‘to try a new way of life, of find a different rhythm, or establish another way of being’ and how we need to tap into our authentic self away from the busy and ego-driven world we live in.
As I’m seeking to make significant changes and explore new ideas and find new rhythms, this could not be a more timely passage to read. Be daring, be passionate, be courageous to break free and live your own and more purposeful life.
I’m currently reading Brian Draper’s book, ‘Less is More – Spirituality for Busy Lives’. Draper runs Echosounder, a consultancy which works with leaders and organisations to nurture their spiritual intelligence. To read more on Brian Draper, visit www.briandraper.org
“There is no passion to be found in settling for a life less than the one you are capable of leading” [Nelson Mandela]