Excerpt from Song of the Open Road by Walt Whitman
Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.
Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune,
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,
Strong and content I travel the open road.
My deepest desire for every one of my readers is that they might abandon the well-worn ruts of human nature for the high road, the path of original creative expression. There is but one prerequisite to achieving this goal: turning your back on idea that you must have to be.
You have everything you need to be yourself. In fact, you probably have to lose a few things to make room for the real you to shine through. What must be lost? Self-doubt, self-pity, self-deprecation, self-centeredness, self-righteousness and self-consciousness, for starters. It’s not so hard, really, in fact you need only train your attention serving others around you.
Serving others is in its essence the art and science of being a blessing. Blessings come clothed many ways. Exactly how you bless others is up to your interpretation. Your blessings may come dressed as a kind word or a hard saying. They may appear as generous assistance or if required, a deliberate cold shoulder to encourage another to step up. Regardless of their appearance, blessings are always fundamentally merciful, selfless and grounded in righteousness.
Dare to travel the open road. It stands before you here and now, in this and every moment.