Trust Yourself (& hang this on your fridge).

Via Andrea Balt
on May 2, 2012
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Never leave your house without a life-altering mantra.

“There is some central idea or conception of yourself by which all the facts of your life are arranged and classified. Change this central idea and you change the arrangement or classification of all the facts and circumstances in your life.”

~ Wallace D. Wattles


If you don’t know how to go about it, hire Ralph Waldo Emerson as your life coach—free of charge.

Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events. Great men have always done so, and confided themselves childlike to the genius of their age, betraying their perception that the absolutely trustworthy was seated at their heart, working through their hands, predominating in all their being.

And we are now men, and must accept in the highest mind the same transcendent destiny; and not minors and invalids in a protected corner, not cowards fleeing before a revolution, but guides, redeemers, and benefactors, obeying the Almighty effort, and advancing on Chaos and the Dark.”


Your Mission:

“What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it.

It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”

Find Emerson’s entire essay on Self-Reliance here. (You won’t be able to stop quoting him).



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About Andrea Balt

Co-Founder / Editor in Chief of Rebelle Society, Wellness Alchemist at Rebelle Wellness & Creativity Curator at Creative Rehab. Unfinished book with a love for greens, bikes and poetry; raised by wolves & adopted by people; not trying to make art but to Be Art. Holds a BA in Journalism & Mass Communication, an MFA in Creative Writing & a Holistic Health Coach degree from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. In her work she tries to reflect the wholeness of the human experience by combining Art & Health + Brains & Beauty + Darkness & Brilliance into a more alive, unabridged and unlimited edition of ourselves. She is also on a quest to reinstate Creativity as one of our essential Human Rights to (hopefully and soon) be included in the UN Declaration. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and sign up for her Monthly Stroke of Renaissance.


19 Responses to “Trust Yourself (& hang this on your fridge).”

  1. karlsaliter says:

    Good stuff, Andrea. Salinger said something like there will come a day when you don't care what people think or say about you, and from that place, you will do your greatest work. I love the thought that letting go of that garbage is possible.
    Just posted to Elephant Spirituality on Facebook.

  2. Jill Barth says:

    Right on. Energizes my morning!

  3. madgrooves says:

    Thank you for your piercing light so perfectly bright this morning =D

  4. Andréa Balt says:

    Oh, love that, taking out the garbage… A friend commented to this post on my FB wall with another Emerson quote: "To be great is to be misunderstood." Not sure if I agree with the saying in all cases – you could also be a terrible communicator. 🙂 But taken in a deeper context of pushing forward new ideas, it's only natural that it should be that way.

  5. Andréa Balt says:

    Right? I added it to my coffee. It tasted funny but true.

  6. Tanya Lee Markul says:


  7. Catnipkiss says:

    thanks, Andrea, for a timely reminder!!! Don’t have a fridge right now, but I will hang it in my head 🙂 Alexa M.

  8. Eric says:

    "There is some central idea or conception of yourself.."
    ~no, not really. I gave up on that a long time ago…ich bin nichts von mir dann, und alles im Universum jetzt 🙂

  9. Salinger/Saliter, what's the diff….:)

    A very eccentric and famous Australian artist, a woman I met about 15 years ago, told me one day in her home in Paddington in Sydney's inner city, "What others think of you is none of your business." It had a surprising effect on me that has lasted til this day. Love it.

  10. @andjamax says:

    very sweet, very fascinating… oh so true!! merci beaucoup for collecting these little timeless gems.

  11. yogasamurai says:

    It's called turning 50. Works like a charm. :o)

  12. Carla says:

    Thank you, Andrea! I so needed the reminder today. Emerson is one of my favorites.

  13. Rajni Tripathi says:

    Girlfriend! You strike again 😉 I linked this on my blog 😀

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  15. Suresh Nair says:

    A great reminder and a worthy addition to my workroom wall. Thank you Andréa!

  16. Jess says:

    Anyway to achieve it at 22? Haha. It's like your try not to car about others, and on one level you don't. Bt it keeps coming up.

  17. Emilia says:


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