Wednesday, May 11, 2011

a subtle magnetism

I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.  It is not indifferent to us which way we walk.  There is a right way; but we are very liable from heedlessness and stupidity to take the wrong one.  We would fain take that walk, never yet taken by us through this actual world, which is perfectly symbolical of the path which we love to travel in the interior and ideal world; and sometimes, no doubt, we find it difficult to choose our direction, because it does not yet exist distinctly in our idea.

~ Henry David Thoreau
from Walking, 1863


Sarah said...

thank you once again. after the recent loss of both my parents, i have been describing myself as taking a step and another step, deeply relying on this magnetism to place the path beneath my feet.

smilingheart said...

good to hear from you again Sarah. opening widely in surrender seems to allow such beautiful and unexpected fulfillment to emerge.