Today’s Writing Prompt:
Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
We live in a society of advice columns, experts and make-over shows. Without even knowing it, you can begin to believe someone knows better than you how to live your life. Someone might know a particular something better – like how to bake a three-layer molten coconut chocolate cake or how to build a website – but nobody else on the planet knows how to live your life better than you. (Although one or two people may think they do.) For today, trying asking yourself often, especially before you make a choice, “What do I know about this?”
This is something that’s works a little better for me than most. I’m one of those people that can be described as an “encyclopedia of useless information”. So I rarely come across something I don’t know at least one thing about. Does that make me smarter than other people? I wouldn’t say that. I don’t feel smarter than other people.
Here’s how I handle dealing with these situations. I first attempt to draw my own conclusions. Then if I need something more, I approach someone who could be considered an expert in that field and ask questions. I don’t necessarily take their advice verbatim though. I take in to consideration what I’ve been told, and then draw my own conclusions. That’s the only way to keep myself in control of my actions.