A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Prompt: My favorite quote of all time is Alan Kay: ‘In order to predict the future, you have to invent it.’ I am all about inventing the future. Decide what you want the future to be and make it happen. Because you can. Write about your future now. (Author: Cindy Gallop)
My future means making better use of my five senses. Keep my eyes open to seeing clearly where I’m going in life. Keep my ears alert to hearing that inner voice of wisdom. Taste life, don’t fear it. Touch the hearts of others through everything I do and deliver. Allow the arousing smell of morning dew to reawaken my senses to the new, the curious and the future every day I’m here.
When good is near you, when you have life in yourself, it is not by any known or accustomed way; you shall not discern the foot-prints of any other; you shall not see the face of man; you shall not hear any name;—— the way, the thought, the good, shall be wholly strange and new. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Prompt: Can you remember a moment in your life when you had life in yourself and it was wholly strange and new? Write about that moment. (Author: Bridget Pilloud)
My Edge Moment
That “wholly strange and new” moment occurred when I started my new business. I called it my edge moment. Filled with feelings of pleasure and pain, fear and fun, exhilaration and exasperation, hope and hesitancy and more, I started a business. That moment was like stepping on the edge of a mountain, peering down before jumping, and thinking how wonderful floating would feel and how hard the landing would be. When I started out, I knew I wanted to do more than stand on the edge and look down, I wanted to jump. I wanted to go beyond the edge and build a business that would be different, new and good.
As I launched the business, feelings of bliss and burdens of doubt continued to compete for my attention. The more my inner voice discouraged me, the more my outer courage prevailed. There was no way of knowing all the unknowns. So I jumped. After jumping, something strange happened. I became so mission driven that I let go and let trust in myself thrust my business along. I was moving—three steps forward, two back then five steps forward and only one back. I got into the rhythm of moving further away from the edge. I was building something new. I was feeling good. I was living.
My business is growing now. I have less edge moments. I’ve grown more familiar with the unfamiliar. Maybe it’s time to experience that “wholly strange and new” moment again. Maybe it’s time to carve a new path to continue fully living.
Do your work, and I shall know you. Do your work, and you shall reinforce yourself. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Prompt: Write down one thing you’ve always wanted to do and how you will achieve the goal. (Author: Colin Wright)
My to do list is vast and varied as are my interests. I have professional things I want to do as well as personal ones. My overall to do goal is to connect people across cultures, communities and countries. I want to engage more cross-cultural connections.
How do I do that? What is the one thing I want to do that will help me achieve that goal? I want to learn yoga. If I learn yoga, I learn how to exercise my mind and body in new ways and fill myself with the energy needed to fuel creative concepts to reach my goal.
By writing this down, step one is accomplished; I admitted the one thing I’ve always wanted to do. Step two, find someone immediately to jump start my yoga learning process. Find a local teacher. I have yoga teaching DVDs and books that have never been used. I have access to television shows demonstrating yoga that I never watch. Clearly, I need in-person, human contact to push me. Step three, take lessons at least once a week starting now. Step four, keep doing it. Step five, release myself from my teacher and go it alone. Step six, check “learn yoga” off my to do list. Done.
Next step, go with the flow: connect, create and continue discovering and doing new things.
When good is near you, when you have life in yourself, it is not by any known or accustomed way; you shall not discern the foot-prints of any other; you shall not see the. Face of man; you shall not hear my name; the way, the thought, the good, shall be wholly strange and new. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Prompt: What alternative opportunities, interpretations and paths am I not seeing? (Author: Jonathan Fields)
Flexibility and Flow
Before starting a new journey, whether it’s a mental, physical or visual one, I do a few things. I figure out my potential destination or goal. To have an idea of where I’m headed helps me get there. I plot my travel path or strategy for reaching my destination. Then I relax and rely on flexibility and flow as well as instincts and vibes to guide me through the detours and distractions along the way.
Unknowns abound. Set backs occur. Mountains appear. Bridges must be crossed. Sometimes on the journey I veer left. Other times, I pave new paths. I keep moving. When my eyes open wide, I see the detours as discoveries. The distractions disappear. Flexibility allows me to bend in the direction I’m to go. Flow allows me to accept my alternative destination.