Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Prompt: We live in a society of advice columns, experts and make-over shows. Without even knowing it, you can begin to believe someone knows better than you how to live your life…For today, trying asking yourself often, especially before you make a choice, “What do I know about this?” (Author: Jen Louden)
I Know This
Here’s what I know about this. Before making a choice about many things, a taste of anxiety, tidbits of fear and thoughts of “what do I know” seep into my psyche. To choose is difficult, tedious and risky.
To find out “what do I know” and don’t know, I set out on a search. I list the pros and cons of choosing one direction over another. If I can’t develop a list, I realize how little I know. With limited knowledge, I continue my search. I read, research, and reach out to other voices and views. I expose myself to knowledge. My mind takes it in and lets it simmer. I sit still in silence and think. Some times stillness overcomes me for a few minutes, other times a few days. My ruminating is limited only by a deadline–mine or another’s. Then somewhere in the stillness of constant thought, a spark lights the way and I know. It may hit me when I’m alone during the blackness of night or the brightness of dawn. It may hit while attending a major league football game or at a crowded concert. When it hits, I know the choice I must make.
Once I know what to do, “what if” begins to infiltrate my thoughts. Yet, I rely on “the integrity of my mind.” I let go. And I am comforted knowing self-reliance guides me to do the right thing in the right way at the right time.