These dark autumn afternoons have put me in mind of childhood days when I would go out to play after school, no matter what the season or the weather. Paths in the woods were always an adventure, and sometimes I would go off the path and imagine myself to be a famous explorer in the wilderness. Even if I got burrs in my stockings (that was back before girls wore pants), it was fun anyway.

As adults, we spend most of our time following the well-worn paths of our everyday activities. This time of year, it’s probably dark when we get finished with our work, and we have other things to do and wouldn’t be interested in getting mud on our shoes wandering in the woods anyway. Still, it’s good to keep the spirit of exploration alive, such as by learning something new or visiting blogs we haven’t read before. When we get off the path, there’s no telling what discoveries we might make!

Word-art that says "Do not go where the path may lead; go where there is no path and leave a trail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  1. Always have loved that quote! Now just to be brave enough to do it!!

  2. Indira Mukhopadhyay

    Nice quote. It needs a lot of courage to do that but is fun. You are right, exploring new blogs is also fun.

  3. I love woodland paths — reminds me about when I spent summers in the mountains of NC. This reminds me of it! Thank you for the memory, and the foundation of our self-journeys. <3

  4. The foundation — I like that way of looking at it 🙂

  5. I agree. The spirit of exploration ha kept me going in the difficult months of last summer and fall.

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