As a little girl, I had a diary. It was bright pink, had a padded cover and a lock with 2 keys that I used to hide in my jewelry box in the “secret” bottom compartment below the plastic spinning ballerina. While I don’t remember what I wrote in those pages, I do remember the rush of spilling out my thoughts and feelings. Of having a place to record what was happening in my life.
As an adult, I didn’t keep a journal. When I discovered blogging a few years ago, it was a path that could return me to the habit of writing. This year I started a new business, and in the process, I’ve been taking a hard look at what I’m trying to do, what I want to say and how I want to express myself. With that kind of examination, the insecurity has crept in. I’ve tried to deal with it thinking and writing my way pass it but what I’ve realized is that I need to write through it. All those thoughts and acts, in a diary, a journal or this blog, can point to the very answer I’m searching for.
Everything you need to know is already within (If that’s true, then where the heck is it? I need a better filing system). Trust yourself. Be yourself. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion.”
This post is part of the Emerson Trust Yourself 30 Day Challenge which is a celebration of Emerson, his influence, his message and a beautiful new edition of Self Reliance put out by The Domino Project.
The Trust Yourself Challenge is a 30 day online initiative that encourages you to not only trust yourself but to expand your vision of what you think of as yourself. 30 amazing thinkers and seekers (of which I am grateful to be one) have been invited to each create a writing prompt for all who sign up for this challenge. You’ll get one prompt per day emailed to you that will expand on the theme. You are encouraged to share your posts and writings and thoughts on twitter by using the hashtag #trust30. Please sign up at ralphwaldoemerson.me and investigate the nature of Self Reliance.