Look Inside

"What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you."

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I was in high school English class, my favorite semester was the one where we studied the existentialist writers, Emerson and Thoreau. Contemplative, thoughtful, inspiring and inquiring; their writings were a lifeline for me in the stormy seas of adolescence. It was encouraging to imagine them at Walden Pond, meditating and writing amidst the splendor of nature. 

I even included this quote in my graduation yearbook:

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. 

 –Henry David Thoreau

 Photo courtesy of JLR

What music are you stepping to right now? How do you listen inside for your own rhythm?