Monday Morning Coffee- Thoreau and Our Souls

Good morning…it is still quite early, but I am up and ready for the day, warming up the coffee for you and brought some donuts too. Today I wanted to share a quote by Henry David Thoreau I found on a rock, and how it made me think of the depth of our souls.

Henry David Thoreau

Yesterday I saw this while out in the desert. It was at a conservatory that used to be a trout farm, and because of the sun it was hard to read, but not hard to understand.

If we look within our soul there are many layers, or depths, to the person that we are. However old we are the experiences we’ve had in life contribute to the depth of the layers. Like a lake, before and after a storm, the depth never stays exactly the same.

What kind of person are you? Do you know yourself, and accept all the different layers? Or are you one that spends time hiding who you really are and only accept that which you think others want to see?

The depths of our soul; yes, that quote by Thoreau got me to thinking. Many people don’t really accept themselves and spend a lot of time trying to change their appearance in more ways than one. If we don’t count fashion statements, and only count behavior, we still see many of our friends and acquaintances that cover up who they are. They sanitize themselves, or morph into what they think is acceptable.

Think of Social Media. Young adults write stuff that parents cringe reading, thinking they will regret it one day.

Think of someone that wants to vent…and in the process we learn way more about their personality than we wanted to know.

Think about the whiners, and complainers. How about the braggarts that always have the best kids, best mates, and everything in the world that is perfect. Really? I find that hard to believe. Stuff….too many people focus on stuff or what they wish they had, and don’t look at what really matters. And believe me, in the end stuff doesn’t really matter.

Here is a quote from Thoreau that I like, as it says that it is what is within us that matters most:

“The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.”
-Henry David Thoreau

Knowing ourselves, we can follow whatever path is ours to follow!

4 thoughts on “Monday Morning Coffee- Thoreau and Our Souls

  1. Choosing to take your own path can not only feel risky, it can be lonely too. But I think the rewards are so much greater than those to be found in relationships built on a false, more ‘acceptable’ self. Ultimately, we all need to connect with what’s real to us, even if it’s not the same thing that our parents or even friends value. This is a good reminder to stop and ask ourselves which direction we’re heading in — our own one or the one that others expect?

    I do however feel bad for young people who are still finding out who they are and feel pushed to do so in very public ways. All of us need some time and space to figure out what matters to us and it’s sad they don’t have that.
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    • “The Road Less Traveled”….remember that poem by Robert Frost? That is one of my all time favorite poems, and as he said, we took the Road less traveled because it begged us to.
      “Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
      Though as for that the passing there
      Had worn them really about the same, ”

      There are enough people on the other road, the one that we are judged by certain standards that aren’t as important to us as they are to our parents, family, etc. The road less traveled is so much more peaceful 🙂

    • Thanks Kim, and isn’t that one of the greatest parts of photography is that we can share a depth to our souls in how we present what we see? I got that from one of your classes 🙂

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