I’m taking some time off to catch up on the things I postpone when I’m writing a lot—everything from filing to shopping to down time and fun.

Meanwhile, here are some quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson, along with questions to think about.

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

  • When have you marched to your own drummer, though others were trying to make you dance to their tune?
  • What deters you from being yourself?
  • Are you “going along” with anything now that makes you feel unlike yourself?
  • How about the flip side—have you ever bucked the system, then, wished you hadn’t?

“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”

  • With whom do you feel safe being stupid?
  • How might you help a friend feel safe being stupid around you?

“Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.”

  • What are some words and sentences you will put in your bible?
  • What have you said that you wish others would put in their bibles?

I hope you all enjoyed mulling over these quotes and questions, and I’d love to hear some of your responses.