Ralph and I agree…

As I embark on this journey and commit to attempting a blog a day, I look up from my computer and stuck to the wall is a quote given to me by a friend during my summer institute at USF with the Tampa Bay Area Writing Project. I am reminded of the inspirational people that I have met that will always be friends. For we bonded over our love and passion for the written word. They were there when I was buying my first house and their shared quotes cover my walls -” inspiring me to put my ass in the chair and write.” Joe Lansdale.
But this one just slapped haphazardly to my wall jumped out me today. It’s by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Who’s words have inspired me throughout my life. And noticing this today seemed kismet.

” Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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After glancing at the quote on the wall, I remembered a book on my shelf that I just packed. Upon my graduation from college, my cousin Marty, gifted me a book – The Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson. He never knew that I had already fallen in love with the words of Emerson. Quite frankly, I was surprised by this gift – it was out of character for him.  His words being an old friend, I flipped open to a random page and read…

“I wanted a change and a tonic, and England was proposed to me.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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