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Going Confidently

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined. (Thoreau)

I am thinking of the friend and colleague who gave me the ornamental plaque with this inscription on it many years ago. I am sending her and her family, friends, students, and colleagues love.

So much has changed since the time when I opened that gift box on the official occasion of my parting. While I must admit that I have sometimes lacked the confidence and have taken a reluctant detour or two along the way, I have held true to the spirit of this famous quotation. I now know the importantance of deep, quiet courage and the profundity of one’s proverbial ship coming in on a calm, confident, and faith-filled sea.

This first week of July marks the end of my “transition period” and a new beginning–the proverbial first day of the rest of my life. Sitting here at dusk overlooking the Pacific Ocean, I am feeling more optimistic and content than I have for some time.

I’d even go so far as to suggest that I am now, in this moment, going confidently in the direction of my dreams. I am living the life I imagined. How about you?

With love and trust,


Kalen Marquis is the therapist, educator and human bean who founded Kwil.Club with frizzy-fuzzy, green-nosed Kwil. He is a registered clinical counsellor in private practice in New Westminster, BC. He has more than two decades of experience as a teacher, teacher-librarian and school counsellor.