Are You Willing to Be Considered a Loafer?

Posted on August 22, 2012

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One of my favorite photos from a few years ago – my kids walking with my Mom through a Redwood forest.

If a man walks into the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded a loafer.  But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.”

Henry David Thoreau

Cultural ideas haven’t changed much in the last 150 years since Thoreau’s time.  Our society still places a high value on worldly accomplishment without actually paying much attention on a daily basis to the world where we live.

Thoreau can be an inspiration for any of us writers, because he challenges us to look deeply at the choices and sacrifices we’re making in our lives.

There is a power in taking your writing, your values and life seriously, Thoreau shows us this.

Daily Contemplation:

Do you give yourself permission to see yourself as a Thoreau of our time when you write about the choices you are making in your life?

Would you be willing to be regarded as a loafer to follow your deepest values?

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