“Man is his own star; and the soul that can
Render an honest and a perfect man,
Commands all light, all influence, all fate;
Nothing to him falls early or too late.
Our acts our angels are, or good or ill,
Our fatal shadows that walk by us still.”
Epilogue to Beaumont and Fletcher’s Honest Man’s Fortune
If you have not read Sir Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Self-Reliance, you can do so here.
While this text was written in 1841, the ideas and attitudes he puts forth are more applicable today as they were back then. It talks about taking charge of your life, and your actions. It talks about not blaming others for what happens to you. It talks about not being the victim anymore. Are you ready for this ….?
I’ll start you off ….
“ESSAY II Self-Reliance
I read the other day some verses written by an eminent painter which were original and not conventional. The soul always hears an admonition in such lines, let the subject be what it may. The sentiment they instil is of more value than any thought they may contain. To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, — that is genius. ….” Continue reading.