November 11, 2013

Weekly Wordsmith: Andre Gide

Born in Paris on November 22, 1869, Andre Gide was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1947. His work largely revolves around conflict and reconciliation. Befriending the likes of Oscar Wilde, Gide was no stranger to adventure. He often wrote about the need to push one’s limits and boundaries in order to discover their “inner self.” As we read this quote, it dawned on us that as long as you have your safety net, you can never truly discover something new. Embarking on new adventures can be one of the most overwhelming experiences in life, but the reward isn’t just stepping out of your comfort zone, rather it’s jumping off the high dive into the unknown and realizing you float. The reward is finding your “inner self.”

Lose sight of the shore, and discover the new oceans in your life.


Photo: Eric Warner