#Trust30 Day 24 – Most Ordinary by Patti Digh

Most Ordinary by Patti Digh

Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my constitution, the only wrong what is against it. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are our most potent at our most ordinary. And yet most of us discount our “ordinary” because it is, well, ordinary. Or so we believe. But my ordinary is not yours. Three things block us from putting down our clever and picking up our ordinary: false comparisons with others (I’m not as good a writer as _____), false expectations of ourselves (I should be on the NYTimes best seller list or not write at all), and false investments in a story (it’s all been written before, I shouldn’t bother). What are your false comparisons? What are your false expectations? What are your false investments in a story? List them. Each keep you from that internal knowing about which Emerson writes. Each keeps you from making your strong offer to the world. Put down your clever, and pick up your ordinary.

(Author: Patti Digh)


Today’s Sentence:

Even when you are ill, much can be accomplished if you take it slow and prioritize.

My False Beliefs:

I’m not as good or worthy as even the worst published author.
My stories will be so bad that they will be the ones other authors read aloud and laugh at over a drink.
My stories will serve only to be examples to others of what not to, and how not to write.
I will never be good enough.
Person X, will only be ashamed of me if I write and somehow miraculously manage to publish.
What is natural to me to write is inherently wrong.

I’m going to stop my list here – because there’s only so much blatant self-loathing I can withstand on any given day without repercussions.

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