My Personal Message: A Work in Progress

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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

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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 have not yet come close to “making it.” I have to take a hard look at whether I truly believe my internal resources are enough.

Practicing mindfulness is one of the most effective ways to deal with stress. I would emphasize that it is a practice because it is impossible to live completely in the moment 100% of the time. Meditation is the foundation of this practice, and my children will learn how to do it in many different ways so that it becomes as habitual as brushing their teeth. Since children come into this world knowing nothing but to live in the present, perhaps my job will be to make sure they don’t unlearn that skill.

Sovereignty: this is a concept that was introduced to me by Havi and Hiro, and it has made such a difference in my life. I don’t know if I can adequately describe it here, but basically sovereignty is about owning your own stuff and letting other people own theirs. It’s also about respecting yourself as being worthy of all good things, but no more or less than anyone else. For more information on this, please check out what the aforementioned ladies have to say. Their wisdom is such a gift.

Silliness is underrated. Again, when kids are young they know the value of silliness innately. Unfortunately, as we get older, silliness tends to get relegated to the realm of the wee ones. I’m on a personal campaign to bring silly back (I think a remix of JT’s “Sexy Back” is in order), and I have the best teacher: my almost three-year-old nephew. If you don’t have access to  such a master of silly, here are some suggestions to remind you how to play:

  • Blow bubbles
  • Build a blanket fort
  • Watch cartoons
  • Dance like nobody’s watching
  • Do something funky with your hair
  • Challenge someone to a pillow fight
  • Run in the sprinklers

I could go on with this list, and perhaps in the future I will.

It may be brief and only grazing the surface, but at least a version of my personal message is now out there. I’m curious to see how other people have answered this prompt, and if you are too, go to Twitter and search by #trust30.

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Of course, I’m curious to hear your thoughts on this too. Leave a comment with your personal message or add to the “Silly List.” Also, if you’re inspired to do a “Silly Back” video spoof, that would be awesome!

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