A life of courage, joy and independence.
I wrote the following for a friend who is struggling a little with his art. I thought I’d share the message here for others who might be facing similar challenges.
My hero, Henry David Thoreau barely lived long enough to experience critical recognition in his lifetime. At one point he self-published 900 copies of “A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.” The publisher sold about 200 copies before he returned the remaining 700 to the author. Thoreau’s reaction to this glaring failure is characteristic of so many who push through challenge and keep on with their art. Here is what Thoreau wrote in his journal about the experience: “I have now a library of nearly 900 volumes over 700 of which I wrote myself–“. Following this incident Thoreau then went on to write Walden which has become and will likely remain forever a masterpiece of literature and philosophy.
You can read more here: http://thoreau.library.ucsb.edu/thoreau_walden.html