On Distraction and Following Your Chosen Path

“Your road is everything that a road ought to be . . . and yet you will not stay in it half a mile, for the reason that little, seductive, mysterious roads are always branching out from it on either hand, and as these curve sharply also and hide what is beyond, you cannot resist the temptation to desert your own chosen road and explore them.”
-Mark Twain, Some Rambling Notes of an Idle Excursion

In a world of too many choices, most of which call seductively at first only to then lead nowhere, it becomes our task to find boldness and adventure along the path chosen and not forever to chase after phantoms and speculation.

An unfocused mind flits off the mere scent of an idea. A focused one sees nothing but that one idea, and pursues it in spite of the siren call of endless distraction; there is a purpose of thought and the courage to pursue it.



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