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#Trust30 Day 11: Divine idea

June 11th, 2011


Today’s Prompt:

Divine Idea by Fabian Kruse

Imitation is Suicide. Insist on yourself; never imitate. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Write down in which areas of your life you have to overcome these suicidal tendencies of imitation, and how you can transform them into a newborn you – one that doesn’t hide its uniqueness, but thrives on it. There is a “divine idea which each of us represents” – which is yours?

(Author: Fabian Kruse)

Read the post online: http://ralphwaldoemerson.me/fabian-kruse

Imitation is most damaging when you think you have to be like everyone else. You have to drive the same car, eat the same food, like the same music, television or sports. It is our uniqueness which must be celebrated, but it can be so difficult to fight the tide of humanity washing over you every day. There is disapproval, of course, should you decide to strike your own path through the world, but there are also inner doubts about who you are and what you are doing. Sometimes we catch ourselves thinking, “How much easier would life be if I was just like everyone else?”

For me, this would bring boredom and despair. I have an inner need to find my own path, even as I bemoan the challenges it presents. It is like a true artist who says, “I cannot not make art.” There is a physical compulsion that drives me to pursue the life I lead. No matter how many steps I might take off the path, life brings me back to where I need to be. I have taken extensive detours off this path before, always to my detriment. It was only when I found my feet back on the proper way that I felt whole again.

Can I do more? Certainly. I can be more of my own man, my own person, my own unique human in this world — as can we all. It can be a rough path,but one that is all the better for the travel and the sights seen and experienced along the way.


#Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself. Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future. 30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide you on your writing.

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