“Self trust is the essence of heroism.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Don’t you love it when you decide to do something and the rewards far outshine what you had originally believed they would be?
I love on-line challenges. They have helped me to grow and develop in so many directions. I love leaping into them and learning new things, meeting new people, sticking my foot out where I didn’t think it could go.
The Joy of Getting More than You Expected
What I didn’t realize is how rewarding it would be to do something “just because” – and then try it out – and then continue – just because. Not because your boss is telling you to or your partner would be mad if you didn’t, but just because you were enjoying yourself.
It reminds me of the heroism Ralph Waldo Emerson mentions: self trust is at the essence of heroism because when you act on your own behalf, no one is applauding, no one is praising you, no one is standing in awe of your strength in helping them or saving them from an enemy or from themselves.
Turns out, though, that when we are heroic on our own behalf not only do we get expansive results, so do the rest of the world.
Lately I have been going out into parks and sometimes parking lots to hug trees every day.
I know, I know – this sounds like a strange activity – but it is the pandemic and I am not getting nearly as many hugs as I usually do and I am not giving as many hugs as I usually do and trees are there, waiting to be noticed.
A lot of people are lonely for their friends and hugs. Once people started to hug trees, they would discover they are actually a great human substitute. In some ways, hugging a tree is even more profound than hugging people.
A year ago I was waking up and writing short poetry everyday for 377 consecutive days.
It isn’t a quirky goal if it works!
In doing that activity – some saw it as a wacky endeavor, I built up so much self-trust I feel like I can conquer almost any obstacle. Every day, before noon, I found something that fascinated me or at least didn’t bore me, snapped a photo with my camera, and wrote a poem about it.
It became a part of my everyday ritual like sliding my foot into my pant leg every day.
If I put both legs into one pant leg, I wouldn’t be able to walk. If I didn’t write my poem – life wouldn’t feel as good. If I don’t hug a tree, I lose out. The trees around me are much stronger than I am. I like to imagine they are happy when I hug them, but I am clearly getting an enormous amount of joy from them – and building my self-trust one hug at a time.
And now, You: Prompts for Contemplation, Writing or Creativity
Take a moment to consider your relationship with self-trust. How would your life change if you trusted yourself more fully?
What lessons have you learned from self-trust in the past or right now?
Take a moment to respond in the comments or feel free to use the questions as a journaling prompt.
Julie Jordan Scott is the Creator of the Radical Joy of Consistency Course which helps people practice consistency and completion daily in order to experience a more incredible life experience. She came to this conclusion after almost dying and coming back to true healing by writing 377 consecutive haiku… and a lot more along her way to building that streak! To find out more about this program, visit this link, here.