Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Day Two of a 30 Day Challenge

Not fancying myself a writer, but interested in writing well, I have committed to a 30 day writing challenge based on Ralph Waldo Emerson's writing (Does anyone ever refer to him as Emerson as we do for Plato and Socrates? Are there so many other writers named Emerson that no one would know which one we refer to?).

I missed yesterday's but am so touched by what some others wrote that I may go back and "catch up" so I get the full 30 days of the project. Waldo  A link to the web site is here.

Today's prompt is:
Your genuine action will explain itself, and will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing. The force of character is cumulative. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

If ‘the voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tracks,’ then it is more genuine to be present today than to recount yesterdays. How would you describe today using only one sentence? Tell today’s sentence to one other person. Repeat each day.

My writing response is: Listen with your heart and an open mind, and follow what you hear. 

1 comment:

  1. He actually went by Waldo so just refer to him that way.

    Have you ever tried to read one of his essays in its entirety? Rough going. He's much better in little quotes like the one above.