Ralph Waldo Emerson: Self Reliance Post #9

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)

Philosophy lessons given under a tree

 Last week I was with my management class, sitting under a large tree in the sweltering heat (believe me it was truly miserable outside) in Battery Park discussing authenticity in leadership. The consensus was that leaders often feel the need to wear a leader hat while at work then a different one when with friends or family. Who you are with dictates how you act.

Personally, I just can’t fake it. My values are consistent wherever I am. You may ask if I am stagnate because of this; the answer is NO! Just because my values remain intact no matter what, doesn’t mean that beliefs don’t evolve over time. I am not the same person I was 10 years ago, or will be in another 10 years.

Imitation is not always inauthentic in that we emulate those who inspire us. Babies learn through imitating his parents, children learn reading by imitating teachers By imitating someone I respect greatly, I add to my own repertoire of behaviors rather than become exactly like them. I tweak what I like about this person,taking on an attribute in a unique way.

Where do you fit in?

We live in a world where mediocrity is king. In high school, I wanted so bad to be different from the masses that I tried way too hard and eventually became a shell of who I really was. It wasn’t until adulthood that I realized by being me, I was unique and special.

There are many flaws that show; some worse than others. By owning and embracing each imperfection, I am true to myself. I cry easily, don’t laugh at my husband’s bad jokes and blow my nose like a fog horn. So what? Are you being true to yourself? What quirky behaviors make you special?



2 thoughts on “Ralph Waldo Emerson: Self Reliance Post #9

  1. ElizOF says:

    Yes, you are right, that being authentic means maintaining the same personality in public and in private. It takes time to find our footing and then we must stay true to who we are… Hope you weekend was relaxing! 🙂


  2. miriamgomberg says:

    Thanks Eliz for your comment. I wasn’t sure where the author of the prompt was going on that one. Saturday I traveled all day (long day) and Sunday I relaxed. Had a great trip and looking forward to slowing my pace back to normal. Miriam


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