Inspiration of the Self-Reliance 30-Day Writing Challenge

To celebrate Ralph Waldo Emerson's 208th birthday (May 25th, 1803), Self-Reliance urges us to trust our intuition rather than conforming to the will of the majority.

Beginning on May 31st, 2011, The Ralph Waldo Emerson Self-Reliance website*** will post a daily prompt. This will continue for 30 days.

This is my unique creation of personal reflection and responses, based on those prompts.

***See link below for the site.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Facing (and Fearing)

DAY 19

"Greatness appeals to the future. If I can be firm enough to-day to do right, and scorn eyes, I must have done so much right before as to defend me now. Be it how it will, do right now. Always scorn appearances, and you always may."
 - Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you are facing (and fearing) a difficult life decision, ask yourself these three questions:
  1. “What are the costs of inaction?”
  2. “What kind of person do I want to be?”
  3. “In the event of failure, could I generate an alternative positive outcome?”

The difficult life decision I’m facing is in regards to my health issues. 

The costs of inaction would be greater unhealthiness, experiencing more pain, heart attack, stroke, unable to function and potential ultimate loss of life.

The type of person I’d like to be is healthier, able to be more mobile, pain free and live longer with a better quality of life.

In the event of failure (to the extreme), it’s not likely I’d be able to generate an alternative positive outcome.

So, to what does all of this translate?  In this particular scenario, the only solution is to remain proactive in my quest to regain my health.  This specific exercise validates my belief in fully living mindfully in each present moment, while not placing all the focus on the end result goal; but instead taking advantage of every opportunity along the journey.


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