BOOK: Emerson’s Essays, by Ralph Waldo Emerson
My mom gave me Emerson’s Essays when I was a teenager. I’m just realizing how much of an influence it’s had on my own writing in content and form. Emerson was an American orator, poet, and leader of the Transcendentalist movement in the early nineteenth century. He’s been called the “voice of renewal.” It is clear that he believed in the divine promise in every human being. To him the world about us is the visible appearance of what is invisible.
His essays reiterate the theme of the recurrent miracle of creation that takes place each day in the soul. He makes the reader aware of fresh potentialities in the Self. All this he accomplishes not by argument, but by eloquence. He has been described as “the vista of the timeless caught in a sunburst of words.” If you’re looking for inspiration, then spend some time with Emerson.
Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Ph.D., MBA.
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