Quick Thursday Inspiration

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Silver River on a winter morning

There are times when it seems we work and work and work toward something, and still feel like we’re standing still. Where’s the progress? Where’s the tangible proof of all our efforts? Where’s the payoff?

I am blessed to know many writers and for all of them, at some time or another, being a writer becomes less about writing and more about simply NOT giving up. The rejections keep coming, the criticism flows like water, the story stubbornly refuses to come together. It can be very discouraging.

Silver River on a winter morning

Silver River on a winter morning

But that’s where others walking the same journey matter most. Whether writer or another type of artist, we are in a unique position to encourage those around us. We know what it’s like.

I have been slogging through a frustrating time as a writer, but I keep putting one word in front of another, fixing one word at a time, trying to get it right.

But there are days when I just want to find another job or curl up with a good book.

If this describes where you are today—in whatever dream you are chasing—here is some quick Thursday inspiration and encouragement.

Progress towards a goal…

Living a Life of Meaning…

And Making a Difference in this world

Are not achieved in one big action,

But in small, unnoticed, consistent, daily actions and habits.

And second, to really reach for the stars, we must be attached to the activity, not the outcome.

Be encouraged today. Keep going. Keep reaching for the dream, keep making a difference.

If you have some encouragement to offer fellow dream chasers, I hope you’ll post it in the comments.

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By the way, congrats to Marsha Sample who won the copy of Sharon Sala’s new book, The Curl Up & Dye. If you missed Sharon’s fabulous interview last week, you can read it here: Sharon Sala: Balancing Caregiving with Writing.

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  1. Thanks for the encouraging words this morning! The most important for me was “be attached to the activity, not the outcome.” When I get out of my head and step away from my fear that what I write won’t be good enough, the words flow. Maybe they aren’t all good words, but I’ve noticed the tone is lighter and more engaging. I appreciate the reminder to let words–and life–flow without trying to control the results.

    • Connie Mann says:

      Hi Ashantay–I think you’ve hit on one of the biggies we all struggle with–the fear that we’re not “good enough.” Thanks for the encouragement to let words–and life–flow! I appreciate that!

  2. Debra Doggett says:

    Good words. Thanks for the pick-me-up. I needed it.

  3. Jan Jackson says:

    Thanks for the boost, Connie. I have been feeling frustrated. But as I looked at the picture of the Silver River, I thought, you just have to keep going, you never know what’s right around the next bend.

    • Connie Mann says:

      Exactly! We never know what’s coming. I need to take a picture of that same spot on a bright, gorgeous sunny day, too, as a comparison. Sometimes, it’s all about perception. Stick with it, Jan. You are SO talented!

  4. debianne says:

    “The artist’s life cannot be otherwise than full of conflicts, for two forces are at war within him—on the one hand, the common longing for happiness, satisfaction and security in life, and on the other a ruthless passion for creation which may go so far as to override every personal desire. There are hardly any exceptions to the rule that a person must pay dearly for the divine gift of creative fire.” Carl Jung

    Keep giving this world your art…we all need it…you are adding beauty to many lives!

    Be encouraged…others notice.

  5. Great words of wisdom. One of my favs was found on a poster I used to have. No clue who the author is, but it read: You were never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true.

    • Connie Mann says:

      Hi Shirley, I absolutely believe that. Actually, just yesterday, I told a fellow writer I don’t believe God gives us dreams to frustrate us. But often, His timing is not the same as ours. 🙂

  6. Thanks for the encouragement, Connie! I’ve been feeling very frustrated lately as I try to switch to a new genre on an editor’s advice. Since my published historical romances aren’t doing all that well, she suggested I try writing contemporary, but I’m finding it hard to get enthusiatic, since historical and time travel romances are what drew me to the romance genre in the first place. But I’ll just take those little steps and try to ease myself into my new contemporary baseball romance series. I’m currently trying to plot out the first book in a three book series.

    • Connie Mann says:

      Hi Susan, you’re in a tough spot. I’d say to give it your very best try, but if you can’t get into the genre, write what you love. That passion for a story will always come through–and be obvious if it isn’t there. Follow your heart, and whichever genre you write, know we’re cheering you on!

  7. Debra Jupe says:

    I think we’ve all felt this way, past writing, but in life in general. Thanks for the positive reminder.

    • Connie Mann says:

      You’re welcome, Debra. I think you’re right and sometimes, we just have to keep going, on word, one step, on day at a time. Eventually, things come full circle and we rediscover the joy we had when we first started chasing the dream.