Split Infinitive, defined.
In the English language, a split infinitive is a grammatical construction in which a word or phrase comes between the to and the bare infinitive of the to form of the infinitive verb. A well-known example occurs in the opening sequence of the Star Trek television series: “to boldly go where no man has gone before”; the adverb boldly is said to split the infinitive to go. — Wikipedia
Kind of random, and not really.
I have to admit that “to boldly go” sounds better in my ear than “to go boldly,” especially in a poetic narrative like the opening of a Star Trek episode.
For me, to boldly go is to live with purpose. Or, to split the infinitive, to purposely live.
Okay, that may not work so well. How about…
To boldly live…
- is about valuing others and bringing value to others.
- is having the wisdom to choose and the courage to take action.
- is having clarity of mission and a sense of direction.
- is to be resilient through times of joy and suffering.
- is to listen to those who challenge you.
- is to step into the unknown, to do something new, to take you to the next level.
Do things that matter to you, that you are passionate about. Forget the excuses and challenge the scary. Do what makes you happy in service of others. Dream of possibilities and then take action. To sum up, live boldly…live with purpose.