There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats;
For I am armed so strong in honesty
That they pass by me as the idle wind.
~ William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
From Merriam Webster
Threat ~ an indication of something impending
Anxiety ~ painful or apprehensive
uneasiness of mind
usually over an impending or anticipated ill
I accepted the offer to participate in a 30 day writing prompt challenge. In a nut shell, somebody takes a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, talks about it and provides a thought that the participants are then supposed to write about.
In all, I am enjoying it very much. However, I am just past the week mark and realized a pet peeve I didn’t know I had. Two of the first six prompts contained variations of the idea, “If you knew you were going to die, go broke, lose your piece of apple pie, and witness the end of the world in the next month, week, 15 seconds, think about what would you do and live your life like that now because therein lies your authentic self.”
Seriously? No. Apocalyptic April is nothing like Legacy April. The two aren’t even close to the same person. The first throws caution to the wind, expends all her resources, forgos responsibility in the face of last minute life cramming. The latter, while enjoying her life and remembering what is important, holds a balance of worth, appreciation, betterment, responsibility and relationships. I am betting most folks feel the same way.
I can appreciate the intention of the prompt – think about who are you when you feel free to be who you are. But, I have realized it drives me nuts to have it encapsulated in a doomsday message. It is as if only through threats and anxiety are we able to be honest enough to know ourselves. I don’t buy that. In fact, I find it almost counter productive. Our authentic self is not meant to be apprehensive and fearful with no hope for a tomorrow. We are meant to be encouraged, empowered and comfortable knowing, regardless of the number of days, we are purposeful.
Today, I encourage you to throw off the apprehension of expectation and appreciate where you are in its entirety. Yesterday is honorable and good in its lessons and memories. Today is purposeful and present, poised to be whatever we mold it. Tomorrow, while not to be expected or worried over, is more likely to come than not. It is a privilege to know that we are here and capable of creating positivity in a space that has not yet happened. I don’t have to consider my lost of means or life to appreciate that. In fact, I appreciate it more knowing that it is there to be lived – not feared.
Featured Photo from Yoni Lerner