June 9, 2011

#Trust30 - Day 10

On more than one occasion I've been told the most popular posts on this site are the ones where I reveal something about myself. Readers appear to have enjoyed the posts I've written about my kids more than the posts about my first digital SLR camera and the tripod I bought for it.

Bottom line is I'm not comfortable writing about myself. In an effort to get over that discomfort, today I have committed to making an attempt to write about myself. The reasons for this are still formulating in my mind, but I've decided to move forward with this plan without analyzing it to death which would definitely result in the immediate stoppage of this foolhardy plan of mine.

To help me do this I agreed to participate in #Trust30, an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself. The idea is to use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future. Each day they post a prompt from an original thinker and doer on RalphWaldoEmerson.me. 30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide me on my writing journey. This should be interesting. Don't be shy about checking back to see how I'm doing and to leave a comment or thought of your own.

Day 10 - Prompt authored by Eric Handler - "Your Personal Message"

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

What is burning deep inside of you? If you could spread your personal message RIGHT NOW to 1 million people, what would you say?

If I was before an audience of 1 million people I would tell them the world would be a very different place if people were honest. It sounds simplistic, but the ramifications are tremendous.
  • If people were honest there would be peace in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world. 
  • Personal relationships would be stronger. 
  • There would be no crime. 
  • If politicians were honest things would be very different throughout the entire world. Here at home, honesty would result in funding for education. The national debt may not exist. Homelessness and poverty would be a thing of the past. Roads would be built and maintained. Social Security would be properly funded. The list continues.
  • If business leaders were honest more companies would be making a profit. 
  • People would know what they were eating and what was really in the water we drink and the drugs we take. 
  • Prices would be reasonable and the quality of goods produced would be higher than ever.
I am not naive enough to believe this one thing would save the world, but it would certainly help. Think about it. Think how hard it would be for you to always be totally honest in everything you do. To live with dignity and have no regrets. Think about it.  I would ask each of the 1 million people to add to my list and then think about how they could change their lives by doing this one thing.

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