On Tuesday, I posted a quote about perseverance from Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose courageous writing helped end slavery in the United States. Most people will agree that was the right direction. But human life is filled with complexities, which resist easy platitudes and require careful thought. There are times when it’s best to pull up stakes.
So how do we know when we’re headed in the right direction? That’s no easy task. But there is a fantastic, super brief, Psychology Today article, which hones this down to eight acts of authenticity (i.e. figuring out who you are and what you want). Some steps contradict each other, but that makes the list all the more viable. For example,
Step Five: Cultivate Solitude. You discover your true passion and creativity while alone.
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.—Arthur Schopenhauer.
Step Six: Stay Connected. You define yourself in relation to others and learn from your community.
One can acquire everything in solitude except character.—Stendhal
Take a look at the rest of the steps, and let me know what you think. I’d love to hear from you.