On Adventure

 

From Wilfred A. Peterson’s essay “Adventure”


A man practices the art of adventure when he herocially faces up to life…..When he says, like Frank Crane: “My soul is a Columbus; and not watery wastes, nor glooming mysteries… shall send me back, nor make me cry ‘Enough!'”

When he has the daring to open doors to new experiences and to step boldly forth to explore strange horizons.

When he is unafraid of new ideas, new theories and new philosophies.

When he has the curiosity to experiment…. to test and try new ways of living and thinking.

When he has the flexibility to adjust and adapt himself t the changing patterns of life.

When he refuses to seek safe places and easy tasks and has, instead, the courage to wrestle with the toughest problems and difficulties.

When he valiantly accepts the challenge of mountain-to tasks and glories in a job well done……..

When he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints…….

When he recognizes that the only ceiling life has is the one he gives it and comes to realize that he is surrounded by infinite possibilities for growth and achievement.

 

Quotations

  1. George Eliot

    Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
  2. George Mallory

    The first question which you will ask and which I must try to answer is this, What is the use of climbing Mount Everest? and my answer must at once be, It is no use. There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever. Oh, we may learn a little about the behaviour of the human body at high altitudes, and possibly medical men may turn our observation to some account for the purposes of aviation. But otherwise nothing will come of it. We shall not bring back a single bit of gold or silver, not a gem, nor any coal or iron. We shall not find a single foot of earth that can be planted with crops to raise food. It's no use. So, if you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won't see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to enjoy life. That is what life means and what life is for.
  3. Jawahalal Nehru

    We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.
  4. Rachel Naomi Remen

    Life is known only by those who have found a way to be comfortable with change and the unknown. Given the nature of life, there may be no security, but only adventure.
  5. Rabindanath Tagore

    You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Don't let yourself indulge in vain wishes.
  6. Thorton Wilder

    The test of an adventure is that when you're in the middle of it, you say to yourself, 'Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home.' And the sign that something's wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure.
  7. Helen Keller

    Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
  8. Norman Cousins

    Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
  9. William Feather

    One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.
  10. Heyward Braun

    I doubt whether the world holds for any one a more soul-stirring surprise than the first adventure with ice-cream.

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