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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Living Deliberately

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."   ~Henry Thoreau 
As I said in my birthday post, the last year was very introspective for me.  While I always appreciated Thoreau’s quote, this year it resonated to me. 
To live deliberately…  To live appreciating every moment that comes your way. 
It’s not about schedules and lists and routines, tho those may indeed be a tool to live more deliberately.  It’s more “We do what we have to do in order to do what we want to do.” (The Great Debaters).   The question is tho… do we really know what it is we want to do?  And do we know how to get there?  Life is made of choices and you can’t choose the right ones until you know what you want.
This is the driving force behind my post a few days ago about challenging myself.  Those challenges are some of the tools I am going to use to bring myself to where I want to be.  Wasting no opportunities and being prepared to receive what comes my way.
What do you think about living deliberately?  Is it something you'd like or does it seem too far a reach?  Or perhaps you like to 'fly by the seat of your pants'? 
I'd love to hear your take on it.


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  3. I love the idea of living deliberately. To me it means living such that nothing is missed ... being "present" at all times. As you said, it is important to know what you want ... but once that goal is in mind, we need to be open to all the paths that take us there. Sometimes we get stuck on one particular path and miss all the other lovely ones ... roads which may have opened up a whole new world for our imaginations. I also think it's good to remember that as we change, so do our "wants". I guess living deliberately is not so much flying by the seat of your pants but rather being open to all the opportunities floating around us. Thank you for a thought-provoking post! :-)


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