Divine Idea: I am an original, not a copy!

Ralph Waldo Emerson is the source of inspiration for a new 30-day writing challenge. You can read more about it and sign up yourself here. What Ralph Says Imitation is Suicide. Insist on yourself; never imitate. – Ralph Waldo Emerson The Prompt Courtesy of Fabian Kruse Write down in which areas of your life you have to overcome these suicidal tendencies of imitation, and how you can transform them into a newborn you – one that doesn’t hide its uniqueness, but thrives on it. There is a “divine idea which each of us represents” – which is yours? My Response Strong language! I was initially a little turned off by this quote, as I consider suicide to be a very serious and triggery thing. Then I re-read it and had to admit the truth of it; imitating someone else is killing off part of our beautiful, unique, flawed and fabulous selves. We learn imitation from the beginning of our lives. It’s how we learn to talk, eat, and behave. If we’re not careful, it’s also how we learn to deny our own truth as we go about the business of socialization and fitting in. If we’re lucky, we are led to the conclusion that what makes us different is to be celebrated, not erased in favor of what someone else deems acceptable. My suicidal tendencies of imitation I’ve done a lot of work on this, as for whatever reason I’ve always been into self-inquiry and personal growth. I look back on how far I’ve come from a middle school student desperate for peer approval to a drama dork who...

My Personal Message: A Work in Progress

Ralph Waldo Emerson is the source of inspiration for a new 30-day writing challenge. You can read more about it and sign up yourself here. What Ralph Says To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, that is genius. – Ralph Waldo Emerson The Prompt Courtesy of Eric Handler What is burning deep inside of you? If you could spread your personal message RIGHT NOW to 1 million people, what would you say? My Response I would say: “Read my blog!” Seriously, how can I express my personal message in one blog post? I suppose people do it; after all, commencement speeches are basically the speaker’s way of spreading their personal message and they’re relatively short. But as I thought about it, there were just too many ideas floating around that are important to pick just one. I didn’t know where to begin. A few months ago I started thinking about what I want my future children to know about life. What do I consider vital to their journey through life and how can I convey it in a way that will have a lasting impact? What I want my future children to know The greatest resources available to them are their brains and hearts. We have some control over outside circumstances, but what will make the difference in succeeding at leading a fulfilling life lies within. As I write this, I question whether I can honestly say this when I feel unfulfilled myself. Even though I’ve slowly been immersing myself in the world of entrepreneurship, I...

To Boldly Go. . .

Ralph Waldo Emerson is the source of inspiration for a new 30-day writing challenge. You can read more about it and sign up yourself here. What Ralph Says Our arts, our occupations, our marriages, our religion, we have not chosen, but society has chosen for us. We are parlour soldiers. We shun the rugged battle of fate, where strength is born. – Ralph Waldo Emerson What Steven Says Next to Resistance, rational thought is the artist or entrepreneurs worst enemy. Bad things happen when we employ rational thought, because rational thought comes from the ego. Instead, we want to work from the Self, that is, from instinct and intuition, from the unconscious. A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. Its only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate. – Steven Pressfield, “Do the Work” The Prompt Courtesy of Matt Cheuvront The idea of “being realistic” holds all of us back. From starting a business or quitting a job to dating someone who may not be our type or moving to a new place – getting “real” often means putting your dreams on hold Today, let’s take a step away from rational thought and dare to be bold. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to accomplish but have been afraid to pursue? Write it down. Also write down the obstacles in your way of reaching your goal. Finally, write down a tangible plan to overcome each obstacle. The only thing left is to, you know, actually go make it happen. What are you waiting for? My Response The Thing...

God is Love

Ralph Waldo Emerson is the source of inspiration for a new 30-day writing challenge. You can read more about it and sign up yourself here. One Strong Belief by Buster Benson It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance The world is powered by passionate people, powerful ideas, and fearless action. What’s one strong belief you possess that isn’t shared by your closest friends or family? What inspires this belief, and what have you done to actively live it? My Belief We are all gateways to infinite potential and are expressions of Source. We are different parts that make one whole, and each is vitally important to the other. I don’t know that this is not shared by my closest friends and family, at least in some small way. We may describe it differently or live it to varying degrees, but I think the belief is too big not to be shared. Perhaps if I thought on this longer, I could come up with something else but in the interests of actually getting this posted today, oh well! Inspiration I was born and raised Catholic, so my first inspiration for this belief came from that particular faith. I was taught that all of humanity is the Body of Christ, and when even one part of that body is sick, the whole body suffers. That made sense to me. If...