“Self-censorship is not just self-betrayal and self-abandonment (which would be bad enough), but soul-betrayal and betrayal of our Muse, out inner voice, our highest self.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
OK here goes guys! This is my very first ever video post. I have been dreading it for a couple of months now because I knew that I would eventually have to suck it up and do it. One of the pre-requisites for a summer personal branding class I am enrolled in, is that I post at least 5 video posts before the end of class (sometime in August).
I continue to participate in the #trust30 daily prompts where an Emerson quote is used with a self-reliance prompt attached. This has been a journey deep into my psyche and has really helped me realize how much I have to say/write.
The prompt I chose is about having nothing to lose. How would I behave and what would I say if I let go of self -censorship? I like to think that my inner monologue keeps me (for the most part anyway) out of trouble. The reality is that I do have things to lose and cannot go around speaking and/or acting out every random thought that comes to mind.
I’m so transparent, you can see right through me!
There is a difference between being transparent and inappropriately giving too much information. Because I choose to live my life authentically, there is really nothing to hide. However, this does not mean I have nothing to lose. If I insult my boss, yell at associates and spit on things when I am mad, I will find myself quickly out of a job. If I am rude to my friends and don’t listen to them when they are speaking because I believe what I have to say is more important, I will soon be friendless.
Tell it like it is, but with a sense of discrepancy. I remain a trusted editor professionally because I am not full of crap. I genuinely care about how I affect others and hopefully believe it. There has never been a reason for my integrity to be doubted, therefore I maintain a valued relationship with my peers and subordinates alike.
My soul is not compromised when I don’t blurt out whatever I want, whenever I want to. Be who you were meant to be. Be authentic, and you will have nothing to fear.
#trust30 prompt: Too often we censor ourselves, our actions, and our work in hope or fear of what might happen if we otherwise don’t. What words would you write today, and what actions would you take, if you had nothing to fear, nothing to lose? (Author: Tanner Christensen)
- Reflections: Nothing To Lose… (eof737.wordpress.com)
- Theology from a Kayak: Learning to Let Go (symphonious.wordpress.com)
- Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary (miriamgomberg.wordpress.com)
- A major life goal and the fear surrounding it #trust30 (miriamgomberg.wordpress.com)