Do not go where the path may lead,
go instead where there is no path
and leave a trail.
This post is for the Silver Threading Blog Writer’s Quote Wednesday. You can see her post HERE.
Ralph Waldo Emerson was a “think outside the box” person and I have always admired that about him. He was one of the first people I read about in high school that encouraged thinking in new ways, even if those ways may not be regularly accepted by the crowd.
If my memory serves me correctly, I chose Emerson for a project but reading him was not given on a class list. The public schools that I have experience with do not encourage “outside the box” thinking, but rather conformist thinking that serves to make proper drones for society.
There are individual people in the world that want others to conform to their beliefs and the narrative of reality they create. This also occurs on a much larger scale with governments, and some certain churches and offshoots of religions. In some ways certain moderate to large organizations use brainwashing tactics to control and manipulate their members.
I believe that the more we allow people to think for us the less we are creating our own perceptions of reality. The more we just agree with the reality and the narrative that other people write, the less empowerment we have over our own lives, our own beliefs, and our own path based on our individual values.
It is very important for each of us to evaluate things for ourselves. When someone tells you “YOU should….” then you can think about what they are saying and decide if you really SHOULD or not.
I love the advice that Teal Swan gives in her talks, which is to ask yourself one simple question…”What would someone who loves themselves do?”
This is not to say not to care about other people. Nor am I saying to cross other people’s boundaries.
What I am saying to to Not Allow Other People to Cross Your Boundaries.
This includes interfering with your beliefs and also interfering with your ability to act in accordance with your own beliefs and values.
Your writing will flourish once you begin to write from your own emotions, thoughts, beliefs and values. Even fiction stories can come out of one’s own perceptions and imagination.
Your writing should be YOU in some way. It should be unique because you are unique and there is no one quite like you anywhere in the world.
Writer’s Quote Wednesday
Writing challenge from Silver Threadings blog.
“When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of man’s existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. “
John F. Kennedy
I have known a few people over the years who were very intelligent yet said to me that they did not understand poetry. It did not make any sense to them. It was just a bunch of words strewn together with no point. What was the practical purpose?
I have decided to add this statement to my personal list of red flags of men not to date. Please do not take offense if you do not like poetry. This goes beyond not “liking” poetry. These were people that truly did not understand what they were reading at all.
Keep in mind, that… loving poetry and having the capacity to understand the point of it are two different things.
Understanding the depths and richness of emotion in poetry requires a certain level of empathy. Understanding “the point” of poetry at all requires some passion within the soul.
The point of poetry is humanity.
The desire and pursuit of power above all else has a tendency to deaden the soul and darken the spirit.
I no longer intend to spend my heart and emotions on people who have low levels or non-existent empathy. You do not have to agree with a poem to understand that point of it is “to feel something” and to connect with the human condition.
This practice of trying to detach from the human condition by denying one’s own empathy and humanness is something that could be the downfall of humanity itself.
Feeling is at the heart of my writing. Where the pursuit of ultimate power begins to strip away the empathy from men, I believe that keeping poetry alive in my heart and pen will keep empathy alive in me. It is in the human connection that we live fully. This inevitably comes with pain but pain is part of life’s design.
If the ability of being able to see the point of understanding another person’s pain becomes lost. then we are all lost…are we not?
It is better to feel pain sometimes in order to be vulnerable enough to experience deep connection, passion and love. To feel our own pain as well as that of another person.
Empathy also means being able to understand the passion and the love that another person feels. Passion that burns within a soul. Love that feels all encompassing…
That is empathy. That is poetry.
Thunder rumbles and rolls
Over the roof that promises to hold
But my past experience with promises
Makes me get my umbrella
It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” Alfred Lord Tennyson
aww so sweet …
This is my second day of the quote challenge. I am to choose a quote and write a post about it. I have chosen the above quote and here is my offering…
It is better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all
It is better to have stabbed your fork into your eye, than never have owned utensils
It is better to have had your leg chewed off by a cougar, than never to have owned a pet at all
It is better to have fallen off of the mountain, than never to have climbed at all
It is better to have lived in a mansion and then become homeless, than never to have lived indoors at all
It is better to be run over by a car, than to never have walked at all
It is better to have shoved your hand into the garbage disposal and had it chopped into little bits, than to never have had a garbage disposal at all
It is better to have climbed up to your roof and fallen off, than never to have owned a house at all