I do not wish to expiate, but to live. My life is for itself and not for a spectacle. I much prefer that it should be of a lower strain, so it be genuine and equal, than that it should be glittering and unsteady. I wish it to be sound and sweet, and not to need diet and bleeding. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Prompt: Think about the type of person you’d NEVER want to be 5 years from now. Write out your own personal recipe to prevent this from happening and commit to following it. “Thought is the seed of action.” (Author: Harley Schreiber)
Rock or Not
I want to avoid being like a rock. I don’t want to be a large mass of immovable stone. I don’t want to be like a rock and depend on other forces to move me. Why lie around on the ground waiting for something to happen or things to be put in motion? Why wait for that gush of wind to roll me down hill? Why wait for a hand to pick me up and toss me into the unknown? Or wait for a crane to hoist me to new heights?
No, I will not be a rock or a stone. I will move. I will do. I will be.
My mind will motor my motivation. My body will move my spirit. My heart will fuel my passion. Motion will keep me going. I will move.
I will do. If the wind knocks me down the hill, I’ll pick myself up after the tumble. I won’t be like a rock and stay on the ground. If no hand tosses me in the air to catch the wind and carry me where I haven’t been, then I will create my own wind to get in the flow of making myself go. I will do it.
Ultimately, I will be. When I’m tired and lifeless like a rock, I will still try to come alive. I won’t let my mind atrophy. I won’t stand still in immobility. I always will try to become what I’m supposed to be.
Life is full of contradictions. I realize there is a rock that suits me. The one rock I can be is the one that moves to the rhythm of life and rolls to the music of my mind. It’s the one that rocks my spirit with emotion and excitement for the new, the creative and the undiscovered. It’s the rock with that driving beat—move it, do it, be it; move it, do it, be it—that motivates my mind, fills my heart with enthusiasm and forces my soul to follow my dreams.
No, I never want to be a rock of immovable stone. I want to be the rock that rolls me faithfully toward becoming what I am to be.
Rock and roll music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can’t help but move to it. – Elvis Presley
Flo: Interesting take on the subject. Having seen lava rock in Hawaii, I can say that the many forms it takes, right down to “black sand beaches,” never ceases to amaze. I consider that one to be crackling with life.
I state again, I love the variety that I encounter in reading so many different takes on the Self-Reliance theme. Thanks for yours.
Rich, another site I have to add to my list, black sand beaches. Thank.
What a great comparison! I enjoyed reading this very much. Thank you for sharing.
Appreciate your comments.
image and text both move me. 🙂