The following words spoke to me this past weekend. Ralph Waldo Emerson has always been a favorite of mine, and this particular verse resonated with me as so many of us swim in our own currents and in our flow, which often are perceived to be against the world’s currents.
” There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better for worse as his portion…It is harder because you know you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness that independence of solitude…A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”
Being self reliant, remaining true to our hearts, exercising strength of conviction and living with purity of intention are the elixir for those living authentic lives.