Saturday, August 9, 2014

willingness to trudge

“All that is required of you is a willingness to trudge. 
There is no point in hurrying because you are not actually going anywhere.
 However far or long you plod, you are always in the same place: in the woods.
 It’s where you were yesterday, where you will be tomorrow. 
The woods is one boundless singularity.
 Every bend in the path presents a prospect indistinguishable from every other, every glimpse into the trees the same tangled mass.
 For all you know, your route could describe a very large, pointless circle.
 In a way, it would hardly matter.
 At times, you become almost certain that you slabbed this hillside three days ago, crossed this stream yesterday, clambered over this fallen tree at least twice today already.
 But most of the time you don’t think.” 

Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods*

photo from The Murmuring Cottage

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