Sunday, June 12, 2011


Imitation is Suicide. Insist on yourself; never imitate. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Write down in which areas of your life you have to overcome these suicidal tendencies of imitation, and how you can transform them into a newborn you – one that doesn’t hide its uniqueness, but thrives on it. There is a “divine idea which each of us represents” – which is yours?
(Author: Fabian Kruse)

  Imitation is easy. Imitation is safe. I can look at someone who has similarities of what I see in my own life line and think "if this, this and this line up as the same, then my life will end up like that." But the truth is, my life is a choice of my own and is imprinted with characteristics that make up who I am. No one can truly imitate me, just as I can not truly imitate you. You witness the cruelty of the fake followers who try so desperately to be something they are not, so much so that you cringe. Yet we get caught up in the reality of emulating someone every day. We compliment an outfit, or see an action or deed we admire- and we aspire to imitate.  The problem with imitation, is it can hinder the process of creativity and keeps us safe. When we see how someone else does certain things, we know the consequences, the effects and reactions already. It is safe to imitate cause there is no faith. 

I can imitate someone elses ideas, lifestyle and patterns- yet the truth always surfaces. Its is just a matter of how terrible the consequences will be and who will be effected by them. 

Honesty is the best policy.

I have to be honest with myself.

Who is Laura Jean Colle?

I have to take a step back and see that my interest and personality does not derive or become directed from those around me or change with the passing seasons. But it has roots that are true to me and the foundation is of the original Creator. My taste may change, the clothes will adapt, and the music will evolve. But my roots are of no imitation other than my own. 

1 comment:

  1. Oh, Laura Jean Colle from Tallahassee....what a profound and encouraging post this has been. I can see through to your very soul! What I love about this post....this idea of that you have the courage to share it so candidly. And with that right there (honesty...clarity) comes ministry to the reader. That may not have been your intent, but gurlfrend, this has provoked my heart so deeply. I agree with what you have expressed....and I am drawn immediately to Ephesians 5..."Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;..." To be "imitators" of God means to break off the shackles of comparison living and live the life of the Creator as our own life. And we know He, as the author of all the "originals" in this world, has infinite creativity. Just like our fingerprints and DNA cannot be replicated....neither can our innermost be replicated. He has put His stamp of "original" on each of us. What a blessing if we just embraced that and walked in it in the freedom Jesus came to give us.