Ripples #889: Paths To Pursue.
June 6, 2016
Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
-Henry David Thoreau, shared by a longtime Rippler
The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation. For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.
-Neil deGrasse Tyson, shared by Pete in Sedona, AZ
If you’ve already found a path that fills your life with joy and purpose: CONGRATS! I hope you savor it and I hope you fully cultivate its potential. If you’re still searching, or if it feels like you’ve lost your way a bit: take heart! The experience of getting lost is a necessary albeit uncomfortable part of being found. Let yourself feel sad, frustrated, tired, and even scared for a while. When you’re ready, gently remind yourself that putting yourself out there is the way to get noticed, and sampling the buffet of life is the most effective way to discover a delicious new adventure. Try something new, try something different, or try again at something you haven’t yet succeeded at.
Your contributions to the world are desperately needed; and your presence is required. I know this because….well, because you’re here.
The Ripples Guy
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