Sunday, February 19, 2012

Walden Revisited


Recently, I had the opportunity to read some portions of Walden by Henry David Thoreau. Each time I revisit his work, I wonder what he would think about today's society. I feel sure he would shun the entity of the "Big Box" store philosophy and many more aspects of our commercialized, complaining society.

One of my favorite quotes from his work is from the chapter "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For". While explaining his reason for going to Walden Pond, he said, "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 (nature) had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."

This quote and his call for "simplicity" reminds me to take time and enjoy the little things in life. At this point in my life, it does not take a great deal to make me happy. I most fondly in enjoy laughter with family and friends and greeting others with a warm "Hello" or "Good Morning".

I try to find and enjoy the positive and good in everything. In the "Conclusion" to Walden, Thoreau said, "the faultfinder will find faults even in paradise".