In 1841 Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote the essay “Self-Reliance”. Emerson’s ideas helped shape the ethic of American individualism. He placed great emphasis on awareness and avoiding blind, mind numbing conformity. Through awareness we can see through the fog of self-deception and illusion and take complete responsibility for our lives.
Everyone has hopes, highs, lows and setbacks in life. Emerson believed that happiness was self-generated and that people need not be permanent hostages to events. Our fortune in life is in our control. We need not live by constant emotional reactions to good or bad events. We can prepare ourselves, mentally, physically, legally and financially. The principle of self-reliance is incredibly powerful and gives my clients “peace of mind”.
Here are the final sentences of Emerson’s essay:
“A political victory, a rise of rents, the recovery of your sick or the return of your absent friend, or some other favorable event raises you spirits, and you think good days are preparing for you. Do not believe it. Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.”
Put some Emerson in your Estate Planning War Chest.