Of Mice And Men

What Might Have Been

I just recently discovered that one of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s mentors was Wordsworth. That perhaps explains some of the poetry in Emerson’s writing as well as the sometimes incomprehensibility to mere mortals like me.  His of mice and men quote caught my attention recently.

Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest of all are ‘what might have been’

It’s no wonder thoughts attributed to Wordsworth are often prefaced by “in the immortal words of Wordsworth”. The truth IS immortal and unlike fashion, does not fade into uselessness with the passage of time.

How many times have you thought “if only I had done such and such, things might have been different“? Or perhaps wondered aloud as I have on occasion things such as “If I had chosen medicine over zoology, how would my life have been different?

We all probably think that way from time to time. As we live our lives we all make choices along the way so it’s quite natural to think about what might have been had we made different choices.

But I don’t believe that’s what Wordsworth meant when he uttered that famous quote about the words of mice and men. I think he was talking about the unfortunate souls who never choose a path to follow. He speaks of those who let circumtance determine what they do with their lives, rather than decide what they want most in life, and then persistently pursue that vision.

Pursue Your Bliss

Of Mice and Men 2He’s talking about those who never give themselves a chance to pursue their Bliss because they never figure what that is in the first place. Saddly this likely applies to the majority, who follow the path laid out by convention and which they belived is directed by what they consider forces beyond their control.

But the saddest of all are those who know what they most fervently want from life but never make the decision to pursue their Bliss. They are afraid to step into the unknown and embark on their personal Hero’s Journey. What might have been are, to those folks, the saddest words in any language. It’s one thing to unconsciously live a life of quiet desperation but quite another to add the anguish of “if only”.

The good news is it’s never too late. Think about what you really want from your life. Do it now. That”s the first step which most people never take. Keep that desire foremost in your mind and immediately begin to develop a plan to make it happen. Then consistently act on that plan, despitte what other people might think and say about you and your goals. Your family and friends likely want you to succeed, just so you don’t leave them in your dust.

The Universe has a way of responding to what you put out there. As Carolyn Sokil, a Master Key Experience Certified Guide so eloquently said…..

The Universe called. Your dream is ready

Dream your dream. Dream big, but at least dream!

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Of Mice And Men

About the Author Terry Neraasen

Online marketer from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I come from a background in science with wetland and waterfowl ecology and management as both passions and vocation. I continue to be very passionate about wildlife conservation and protecting the environments upon which we all depend. I have been around the block with network marketing and affiliate sales. While I no longer focus on those areas of business I do promote the best MLM training I've ever seen- Go90Grow. It's all based on The Success System That Never Fails. I have graduated to online retailing of physical products. I'm a graduate and Certified Guide for The Master Key Experience which is the ultimate in personal development. Get in touch if you've a mind to. I'm always open to new things and new friends.

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