Perhaps stumbling through and failing at life sometimes moves us to lose the deep trust in ourselves that we need to thrive.
That loss of self-trust keeps us down, frozen and afraid to move forward. Perhaps if we raise our “royal minds” and learn again to trust ourselves; no matter how many mistakes we make, as Ralph Waldo Emerson suggests in his essay “Spiritual Laws” we can begin to understand the importance of trusting oneself.
“What a man does, that he has. What has he to do with hope or fear? In himself is his might. Let him regard no good as solid but that which is in his nature and which must grow out of him as long as he exists.”
“What your heart thinks great, is great. The soul’s emphasis is always right.”
Emerson moves me so. If I ever get a dog (which I will one day), I will call him Emerson.
On another random note, after reading Daily Rituals “How Artists Work”, I have added two new rituals to my day – the act of taking an “air bath” – a walk in the cool air to cleanse my mind after a long day as Ben Franklin did every evening and enjoying a “sun downer” – a glass of wine like Carl Jung. So fun.