Postcards from Real Life: Forging Paths

I’m dipping into the deep well of Thoreau this week thinking about the paths we forge for ourselves, big and small, deliberately and inadvertently.

I see the small paths as habits, the large ones as mindset. There are both positive and negative versions of these. Unfortunately, just like gaining weight is easier than losing it and spending money is easier than saving it, it’s easier to fall into bad habits and mindsets than to forge the good ones. And they do take forging, effort, concentration, nurturing.

As I try to help the boys pinpoint both the good and bad habits in their lives, it makes me more aware of my own… a good time to take stock of my successes and failures and identify what needs attention.

So I leave you with this gem from Thoreau

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. ~Henry David Thoreau

It dedication, mindfulness, and perseverance to forge the paths you want and not get lost on the wrong ones.

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