Thursday, February 3, 2011

Plunge into the Sublime Seas

"Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.Emerson

That one paragraph says more than the combined volumes of the self-help section in Borders, I guarantee.  
Looking for motivation? Inspiration? Clarity? Read the musings of intelligent, deeply thoughtful philosophers and study their words of advice. It is worth slowing down, taking a deep breath and being mindful for a moment. Read each word aloud. Yes! Always read aloud to yourself--taste the words, savor them and add them to your own vocabulary. When was the last time you said sublime? Isn't it a wonderfully textured word? The language of the past is so lovely, precise and elegant. The points are well made and applicable to any generation. Here is another one of my Emerson favorites:

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin  it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."

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