Fearlessness for June

To start June, I thought we’d return to the great Ralph Waldo Emerson for yet another pep talk. Try this one on for size…

This is from “Character”

“If I quake, what matters it what I quake at? Our proper vice takes form in one or another shape, according to the sex, age, or temperament of the person, and if we are capable of fear will readily find terrors. The covetousness or the malignity which saddens me when I ascribe it to society, is my own. I am always environed by myself. On the other part, rectitude is a perpetual victory, celebrated not by cries of joy but by serenity, which is joy fixed or habitual. It is disgraceful to fly to events for confirmation of our truth and worth.”

Wow! So, the Mark Inglis interpretation of this is, Fear not, but have faith in your best qualities and abilities. If you put a Youtube video up of your best of the best, and it gets no hits, that doesn’t matter. What matters is that you did your utmost fearlessly and faithfully. When you make a habit of doing your best without waiting for praise from strangers, you eventually find lasting peace and joy in knowing that you are unique and not one of the heard herd. You become a still, quiet light in the midst of all the noise. And then on occasion, for at least some of us, our uniqueness will ironically be noticed and praised by the very herd that dismissed us for being different to being with. Stay on your path… not the world’s path. Thank you for reading my 114th blog?(I’ve lost count again)

Mark Inglis

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