June 10, 2011

#Trust30 - Day 11

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 11 - Prompt authored by Fabian Kruse - "Divine Idea"

Imitation is Suicide. Insist on yourself; never imitate. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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?

This is a great prompt. Especially for me. I have given this prompt a lot of thought. I pride myself in always being me. For better or worse, I say what I'm thinking and I do what I want. At least that is what I have convinced myself.

The reality is that I often imitate others. I wear a coat and tie to important meetings like the others in the room did. On other occasions I make sure I've dressed like I think others I will be with have dressed, even if I am uncomfortable and not being me.

There are certainly times when my "uniqueness" comes out. When I make the waitress or the person at the cash register laugh. When I sing and dance around the house while the dogs are looking at me like I'm crazy. When I play golf with my own "unique" style and temperament.

Though there are many times I imitate others and regret it, I work hard to let my uniqueness stand out. I really have no idea about the "divine idea which [I] represent." But, more times than naught, when I get that look of disgust, I respond, "Sorry. I gotta be me."

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