Day 25 of #Trust30 – Most Ordinary by Patti Digh

Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my constitution, the only wrong what is against it. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are our most potent at our most ordinary. And yet most of us discount our “ordinary” because it is, well, ordinary. Or so we believe. But my ordinary is not yours. Three things block us from putting down our clever and picking up our ordinary: false comparisons with others (I’m not as good a writer as _____), false expectations of ourselves (I should be on the NYTimes best seller list or not write at all), and false investments in a story (it’s all been written before, I shouldn’t bother). What are your false comparisons? What are your false expectations? What are your false investments in a story? List them. Each keep you from that internal knowing about which Emerson writes. Each keeps you from making your strong offer to the world. Put down your clever, and pick up your ordinary.

(Author: Patti Digh)

I’m not as smart as (fill in the blank of any number of people), so I should just keep my mouth closed.

I’ll sound stupid if I give my opinion, so I won’t.

The world can’t handle another person writing about how cool social media is, so I won’t.

I shouldn’t stick up for myself when I feel I’ve been wronged because I might hurt someone’s feelings.

I’ll never be able to whip up dinner like my mom could.

I’ll never be as good of a runner as my sister.

I’ll never be as clever as some of the people I follow on Twitter.

 

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