Envy is ignorance. Imitation is suicide.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
To be wholly one’s self is a gift. To pretend to be someone else is futile. I love the Emerson quote on imitation and envy because I’ve been there, done that, and don’t want to write the book on it. Instead, I want to hold space for those words. I want them to seep into the depths of my heart when the going gets tough and I want to give up. I want to remember these words when the risk of living out my own personal adventure scares the daylights out of me. Maybe you can relate.
In this Day 4 of my #Write31DaysofAffirmation, I am holding on to the idea that I am made for unique and good works. There is a call on my life that I can fulfill – no one else can do it for me. It is a gift of the Divine One, an expression of His presence and love for all of us in the earth. When I think of it this way, I am overwhelmed with awe that a god I cannot see would entrust a finite human, fickle, imperfect, and flawed human being like myself to carry out this good work. I look around and think “I am one of a kind and do not have to copy. I can be all me.” Guess what? You can be all you, and that’s good news!
Each of us is invited to live a full life without apology. We can live abundant lives in which we activate and engage our uniqueness in ways the are a blessing to others. If I’m ignorant or committing imitation, then I lose a bit of myself and who I’m meant to be. What an exhausted way to live! And I think I’m pretty much done living that way. So tonight I affirm there is no fear in living wholly alive. There is no condemnation in throwing off pretense and burdensome expectation. It’s worth it to give yourself permission to be all you. It is worth to to embrace your youishness without shame. We are all created and designed without apology.
Imagine how much more beautiful the world will be when we all willfully choose to stop mimicking what we cannot be. This world could be changed, and maybe that would be a good thing. So, tonight I choose me, and I hope you choose you. Nothing less in life is needed than you loving all you so others can be invited to do the same.
This is day 4 of my 31 Days of Affirmation. In this series I’ll affirm hope, faith, truth, and encouragement even when life is troubling. Particularly the series ponders what it means to hold on to those things that are good, right, noble, honorable, true, and lovely even when life isn’t so pretty. This means, at least for me, I need to engage and practice and activate my faith as I believe it bolsters my hope. I do this by affirming truth even in the storm. You can read all the series post here. I hope you’ll be encouraged.