Inspiration: To Thine Own Self Be True
Embracing Our Divine Idea…
Do you know what your divine idea/calling is? Where do original ideas come from? Do we know when we have an original idea? When was the last time you felt connected to your divine/original idea/calling? I chuckled when I saw the quote above by Emerson. It is a quote that I have permanently on my sidebar; a reminder to myself to “do me,” and one of my all time favorites. When I first read the #Trust30 prompt for today, I was actually thinking of the foundations of creativity and genius; the origins of new concepts and ideas and how/where those inspired works of art, music, architecture, fashion, and literature spring from. Initially, I was thinking in line with the question: Where do original/divine ideas come from? Opinions vary, some say original ideas come full blown without prompting, while others suggest they come through innate talent, intelligence, via our muse, through focused consistent effort, in our DNA, or through prayer. I reconsidered and looked at another question.
Do you know what your divine idea/your calling is? The more I thought about it, the more I found myself leaning in the direction of our personal calling to creativity and originality; something more in line with the quote by Barbara Grizzuti Harrison “There are no original ideas. There are only original people.” It is true that each of us is uniquely made and that, perhaps, our divine roles/ideas are encoded in our psyche. But do we know, without a shadow of doubt, what that calling or potential is? Each of us comes into the world with special gifts…some acutely aware of those gifts or talents and others less so. I’ve often wondered why some kids know, at an early age, that they want to do a specific thing while other kids spend a lifetime searching…
How do we know what is ours to claim and what isn’t? Using my own experience as a frame of reference, as a child, I was drawn to certain things; art, music, dance, writing, literature, and biblical stories, but I had no interest in other areas; in certain things that mattered to my siblings and even my parents. There was a prompting within; an attraction or a calling to specific interests, and it was up to me to follow through and reach my potential in those areas. How about you? More below. :-)
“Don’t worry about people stealing an idea. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down their throats.” Howard Aiken
Do we know when we have an original idea? This is an interesting question because I immediately started thinking of inventions and new social media; the many changes we’ve experienced in the fields of science and technology over the years. I would attempt to suggest that when we produce a new object, a treatment, a gadget, anything that meets and fills a gap and a need in the marketplace, originality is attached to that idea. But what about those fleeting ideas we get and brush off or bury because we are afraid or don’t know how to go about manifesting the idea or creating the tool? Unless an idea is tested, explored, used for a purpose in the public arena it is hard to determine or claim its originality. or is it?
By the same token, do we always stand by our views, our vision, or belief in ourselves when tested or are we often swayed by the views or expectations of others? If we talk about authenticity and then go against our own pronouncements when tested, what does that say about our claims of originality or about our character? To thine own self be true… I would say that our flaws, our strengths and our weaknesses are facets of our true nature and do indeed add to our uniqueness; therefore, originality isn’t limited to good and godly ideas or things, it includes our character; the bad, the ugly, warts and all. What do you think?
“An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.” Victor Hugo
When was the last time you felt connected to your divine/original idea/calling? I think that while some of us make a conscious effort to reflect and connect to the original or divine source of our calling/gifts within, others live their gifts by doing their work. When we show up daily to honor our gifts by sharing our skills, our knowledge, and ourselves with other people and the world, we are connected to our calling and representing our divine idea. Our divine idea guides us to stay true to who we are…. to serve, to heal, and to help others. What are your thoughts? Do you know what your calling or divine idea is? What trait or skill do you have that is uniquely you? Do share! Thank you. ;-)
This post was inspired by a prompt from RalphWaldoEmerson.me: There is a “divine idea which each of us represents” – which is yours?
Positive Motivation Tip: As long as we are living our lives from a place of excellence, the best way we know how, and with authenticity, we are living up to our potential, up to our divine ideas.
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