Thursday, April 27, 2006

Words of Wisdom

I arrived at work this morning to find a page photocopied from a book called "A Pennine Journey" written by Wainwright in 1938 which someone had left on my desk overnight.

I am going to type it out here because I think, no matter what challenges you are facing, this is really good stuff.

Anticipation is often more pleasurable than realisation; recollection is the sweetest of all and the most enduring. The mentality which urges you never to anticipate, never to count your chickens before they are hatched, is wrong all to blazes. Let your anticipation run riot, plan and dream of things far above your grasp, reach after them in your imagination even when reality is receding, think about them always. Plan new achievements, and set about achieving them. Failure and disappointment simply don't matter; go ahead with your dreaming, let your enthusiasm run away with you. You were made to rise and soar, and come down to earth with a bump, and rise and soar again. If you accomplish nothing else, you'll have kept the rot and the rust away. Let me warn you: it's the practical people who stay rooted on the earth, who make the money. But it's the dreamers who touch the stars. Which is the success you plan? Are you to 'play safe" for the rest of your life, or are you to adventure? You must make a choice, and make it early; and having made it you must abide by it.

This author is right. I want to rise and soar, and if there is a bump down to earth at the end of it, then at least I will have risen and soared first!



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