Deliberate living

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” -Henry David Thoreau 

When Thoreau embarked on his famous journey to Walden Pond, notebook in hand, leaving the world behind, he did so because of a wish not to waste his life.

Thoreau's teachings demonstrate an acute knowledge of life's fleeting nature, of our brief "hour upon the stage" (to quote another famous fella). They spoke of a man desperate to find meaning in each breath and, in lieu of that, they spoke of a desire to create meaning.

That is what deliberate living is all about; the quest to obtain an acute sense of one's own consciousness. And like any transformative personal growth, deliberate living takes focus and energy.

Most importantly, though, it takes time.

The following is a simple guide to beginning this journey and achieving a life well-lived.