I grew up in a small town in Kansas.

We didn’t read Ralph Waldo Emerson.

While it is embarrassing to admit – the former, not the latter – his material was not given to us.

Enter:  The Domino Project and http://ralphwaldoemerson.me/   “To celebrate Emerson’s 208th birthday, The Domino Project is republishing a work of art that’s especially relevant today. Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson urges readers to trust their intuition rather than conforming to the will of the majority. #Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself. Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future.”

For this 30 day challenge, I will post the quote and the author’s challenge followed by my post.

June 1, 2011

Your genuine action will explain itself, and will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing.  The force of character is cumulative. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

If ‘the voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks,’ then it is more genuine to be present today than to recount yesterdays. How would you describe today using only one sentence? Tell today’s sentence to one other person. Repeat each day.

(Author: Liz Danzico)

Let go of things out of your control, protect yourself from those who don’t understand, don’t feel guilty about who you are.