On September 6, 1847 Henry David Thoreau left Walden Pond, where he had lived for two years, and moved in with Ralph Waldo Emerson and his family in Concord, Massachusetts. Thoreau, who had graduated from Harvard and started a school with his bother, decided in 1839, that he wasn’t cut out for teaching. He pursued his dream and began to spend time in nature and write prose and poetry. Thoreau was very influenced by his friend Emerson’s writing and began journaling himself. He also spent time alone with nature and supporting himself with his own work. He built a small cabin in the woods and lived off his garden while reading and writing. Many of you are familiar with Walden, or Life in the Woods. He later wrote another treatise called Civil Disobedience, Later in life he became an active abolitionist, helping smuggle escaped slaves on the Underground Railroad.
I suppose what attracts people to his writing and life remains the pursuit of a dream as well as the solitude we all need from time to time. As he wrote, “A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.”
In a day and age of accumulation and acquisition we long for greater simplicity. Take time, if you are able to take a solitary walk in nature, or to write in your journal, or turn off your electronic devices for a few hours and contemplate the nature God has placed you in.
“God himself culminates in the present moment, and will never be more divine in the lapse of all the ages. And we are enabled to apprehend at all what is sublime and noble only by the perpetual instilling and drenching of the reality which surrounds us. The universe constantly and obediently answers to our conceptions; whether we travel fast or slow, the track is laid for us.” Henry David Thoreau