Emerson: “The epochs of our life are not in the visible facts of our choice of a calling, our marriage, our acquisition of a office, and the like, but in a silent thought by the wayside; in a thought which revises our entire manner of life, and says,—‘Thus hast thou done, but it were better thus.’”
Nature is not a constant. You are not a constant. We are perpetually evolving. Ralph Waldo knew this.
Emerson: “This revisal or correction is a constant force, which, as a tendency, reaches through our lifetime.”
Our lives can turn on a dime, triggered by a "silent thought by a way-side." Listen to those thoughts; they are your true guideposts. Live in the moment. You are not the same person you were ten years ago. Let that person go.
If you suddenly realize in a wayside moment you are destined to be a banjo player or a research chemist, you go with it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882) American essayist, philosopher and poet, best remembered for leading the transcendentalist movement of the early 19th century. Quotes from the essay "Spiritual Laws."