Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought

For all of April, I’m going wordless for the A to Z Challenge.

For this year of AZ on Amlokiblogs, the title of each post is a phrase/ sentence that inspires me as a
writer, and below is a picture I think best embodies it. In the
comments, I invite you to discuss what the phrase means to you, as a person, a
reader, a writer, or whatever other role you might choose for yourself in life.

 Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old Image via Dave Wicks

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  1. Margot

    I like your silent wordless blog idea. What a nice reflection idea. I like this quote wish you had put who said them somewhere. I guess I am a seeker of the kingdom of God and strive to live by and follow the teachings of Jesus. What he sought was to bring each of us back into a right relationship with the Father. Not meaning to be preachy but that what this quote and photo caused me to think about.

    Have a great A-Z
    Margot at A Devotional Mosaic and Spark My Creativity

  2. Julia Chiang

    This is a very good statement….I've never heard it before. It makes for great inspiration. Thank you for stopping by! I am following!!! Have a great weekend.

  3. JennaQuentin

    I apply this to having parents and being a parent at the same time. You can't do exactly how your parents did, even when it was great. You have to seek being a good parent just as they hopefully did. I love you theme!

  4. Jaleh D

    I'm not sure what I think about the phrase, but I love the picture. I could go walking there as long as I wouldn't get eaten up by bugs (the part I like least about nature, since I'm apparently a gourmet treat).

  5. queenofenglish

    What a great idea for the challenge. Your quote and picture are perfect together. Made me think of an exhibit my husband and I visited several years ago in Cincinnati at a botanical gardens — sorry, forget the name. The plants were just as lush and green as the ones in your picture.


  6. Tina

    Great picture and quote combo. I really like your series. Makes me kinda think of some of the mysteries Shannon is thinking of solving from history…perhaps some of these old men were seeking answers to those!
    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge


    Your quote reminds me of another –
    β€˜The most original authors are not so because they advance what is new, but because they put what they have to say as if it had never been said before.’ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    Your quotation is saying to me that we all have to find our own paths even if our goals are the same.
    Thank you for sharing this picture – the shaft of sunlight leads he viewer on, but to where?

  8. Cynthia

    I'm thinking that this saying is about telling people to be original and innovative with the way they think and approach their goals.

  9. Kristen Dyrr

    I think the last part is general: seek wisdom, success, happiness. Those are the general things we all want. To me, the first part is saying that the details on how to achieve those things should be up to you, to make you an individual. What makes me happy, and what do I want to take to seek happiness?

  10. Al Diaz

    I think today I'm just going to sit here and watch at that awesome picture and listen what it has to say to me. It's evident it has lots to say.

  11. Melody

    I love your challenge theme, and this post is wonderful! It makes me think of the saying that we hope our children/students/followers go farther than we do. There are people who have inspired me, but I don't need to merely follow in their steps; I need to learn from them and BUILD upon what they have already started that inspired me in the first place!

  12. Amy

    Interesting. I'd love to know the source of that quote. To me, it means to follow after the same that has been sought for ages, but that now I must do it my way in the time that I live in the shoes I wear.

  13. Ruchira

    The picturer is so serene and peaceful. My interpretation to the quote would be that although at time we all seek the same things .. our paths to reach that thing may differ. And it is better to walk on our own path rather than tread on footprints !

  14. Deborah Walker

    Wow. That image really caught me eye as I was strolling through Feely. I just keep thinking about how I'd love to be walking along that path, right now!

  15. Cindy

    Hmmm..interesting. I guess it means to not copy other people and be yourself. Then the last part, perhaps we are all looking for the same thing.

  16. Jess * Jessie * Jessy

    Oh my, I'm never good at this sort of thing, but to me … and that's the key phrase, TO ME, it means that we should seek our own path. If we seek what they sought, we have to find our own way to get there. πŸ™‚

    Very thought-provoking.