Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Business 1050 Commonplace Book Assignment: An Excerpt

7. Economy from Walden

Henry David Thoreau

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; this is where they should be. Now put the foundation under them”

Thoreau admonishes us to have firm resolve. If we have built these castle-like dreams it is not an improbable or impractical pursuit. The building of our dreams is only the first part, however -- castles in the air serve no purpose. Thoreau tells us to make those dreams a reality and go to work building a “foundation.”

So often are we told that our dreams are too lofty and are therefore impossible. We are told to give up because there is no use in pursuing our goals and ambitions in life that seem beyond reach. To Thoreau, however, impossible is nothing. To Thoreau, impossible is where the future begins.

Jealous of my project? I didn't think so. But Thoreau has struck a chord with me. Think about it, what is now impossible may one day be possible, because all dreams start with the impossible... What are your "castles in the air?"

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