“Dream big and dare to fail.” – Norman Vaughan
I love this message and I believe it is important to everyone who may be pursuing a calling. Mistakes are going to happen as long as human beings are doing things, but you’ve got to have the courage to pick yourself up and keep going after that dream, that calling.
Heed your calling and God bless!
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” – Theodor Seuss Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss
I have often struggled with writer’s block in the past. That is one of the reasons it has taken me so long to finish Frost: An Otherworld Tale. I’ve been working on (and wrestling with) this novel for the past 10 years.
Something to remember when you’re dealing with roadblocks on the way to pursuing your calling: you can think your way out of anything. That’s what I take away from this quote!
Heed your calling, and God bless!
“The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.” -Edward “Ted” Kennedy
I needed to read this quote today. I’ve been struggling with focus lately. I’m not very good at juggling, and as you may have noticed, I’ve been very busy working on getting my novel, Frost: An Otherworld Tale, published via Inkshares.
This quote reminded me that, although publishing Frost is extremely important to me, that doesn’t mean I should ignore my Quote of the Day posts or completely drop the ball on encouraging others to Heed Your Calling.
I’m following my calling and I want to continue to encourage you to do the same. As Ted Kennedy said, “the dreams shall never die.” Here’s to making sure that they don’t!
Heed your calling. I’m following mine. If I can do it, I know you can! God bless!
“To achieve the impossible, it is precisely the unthinkable that must be thought.”
Think outside the box. How many times have you been told to think differently–been encouraged to step outside your comfort zone and see what you can discover?
As adults, many of us allow our imaginations to stagnate, and I feel that is a mistake.
Imagination is the most powersful tool we have next to prayer, as a species. With imagination, we have the power to visualize exactly what we want out of life. Not only can we do that, we can use our imaginations to devise every possible way that we can achieve what we want, probable or not.
If you can dream it, you can do it.
If you feel called to do something, I can guarantee that you can use prayer and your imagination to dream up a rout to REAL success.
Heed your calling, and God bless y’all!
“The question should be, is it worth trying to do, not can it be done.”
How do you know whether or not it is worth it to pursue your calling? No one else can answer this question for you. The answer cannot come from outside of you. You must search within, pray for guidance, and your gut instincts will lead you in the right direction.
It’s really between you and God. Don’t let outside influences, such as the opinions of others, cloud your judgment as to what is right for your life. Consider your calling within the context of prayerful meditation and ask yourself if you’re doing something that’s worth doing.
Heed your calling, and God bless y’all!
“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower
As a person who’s always struggled with her not-quite-five-feet-tall stature, I love this metaphor. You don’t have to be big to be tough and/or persistent. All it takes to overcome overwhelming odds against you is a fire that you harness and use to pursue your goals and dreams.
Sure, you might have some disadvantages, but with enough passion and faith, I believe that all obstacles can be overcome. We all have a burning passion for something. What’s your passion? What’s your calling? How much fight do you have in you for that calling?
I feel like I’ve been doing my own calling a disservice lately because I’ve been letting my own inner fire fade in the face of exhaustion and other obstacles. I know better. I can do better. I refuse to let my fight, my fire for writing, burn out. That’s why I’m here, sharing another quote of the day with you.
Heed your calling and God bless y’all!
“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” -Robin Williams
I love Robin Williams; I have ever since I was a little girl. His voice has always been a place of comfort for me, so I love this quote. I love it because I think that creativity and madness often go hand in hand. I can attest to that in my personal life. I also associate that “spark of madness” with passion, and the thing I am most passionate about is my creativity. I would even go so far as to say that I’m crazy passionate about my creativity and my creative life.
I think that Robin Williams meant you should find the thing you’re crazy about doing and hang on to that with all your might. Take your passion, focus on it, and see where it takes you.
Heed your calling and God bless y’all!
“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”
I believe the theme of this post goes hand in hand with my last post, which was focused on a quote of similar substance by Richard Hooker. We cannot have the exact circumstances we want in our lives 100% of the time. That is neither possible nor probable. I find Dolly’s common-sense, no-nonsense approach to that fact delightful.
In a way, it reminds me of the wedding vows I took on the day I got married. You’re in this life, and pursuing your calling, for better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health for as long as you live. Whether you’ve currently got rain or rainbows, you’ve got to make the best of what you have right now.
Heed Your Calling & God Bless!
“When the best things are not possible, the best may be made of those that are.”
Life is not always going to hand you the optimum circumstances for pursuing your calling. Sometimes you’re going to have to muddle your way through the worst situations you can imagine, but if your calling is important to you, you will always come back to it, and you will always continue pursuing it, no matter how you’ve been hindered.
Making the best out of whatever situation you’re in is one of the greatest ways you can keep moving forward in spite of the obstacles you may be facing.
Heed Your Calling & God Bless Y’all!
“Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat.” -Malcolm S. Forbes
How could victory ever be worth it without struggle? Nobody wants the things that come too easily. I believe that people tend not to place much value on things that come too easily. I think we tend to take them for granted. As an only child, I know plenty about taking things for granted.
If you don’t have to work for something, then it doesn’t mean much to you. So, if you find yourself struggling in the pursuit of your calling, take that as a sign that you’re on the right track. If it seems like the work you’re doing is hard and sometimes thankless, then you’re working your way up to something special. You’re pursuing your calling, and every bit of toil will prove to be worth it.
Every late night, early morning, every grueling and dark hour when you can hardly think of anything you want to be doing less than fighting anymore, or every time you’re tempted to take the easy path but choose not to…it will all pay off in the end. Keep fighting for your calling, even in your darkest moments. I promise it will be worth it.
God bless y’all, and I pray that you keep at your good work.
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” -Paulo Coelho
Today’s quote of the day is coming a little late, I realize, but a higher calling came this morning. I spent the day with my mother, one of my lovely aunts, and we visited my Great-Aunt Margaret Ruth today. She is my Pawpaw Poochie’s sister, and she will be 92 this November. I woke up with this overwhelming feeling that I had to see this special, wonderful lady. Spending time with her today lifted my soul in a way that nothing has, with the exception of marrying my soulmate.
Now, on to my thoughts on how today’s quote of the day relates to heeding/pursuing your calling. Don’t let the fear of failure come between you and pursuing your calling. Any time you feel fear of failure creeping up on you, I’d recommend praying about it. Pray for God’s guidance in the pursuit of your calling. God’s peace will make the fear abate.
“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” -Babe Ruth
I believe what Babe meant by this quote is that no effort is wasted. Any efforts you make in pursuit of your calling, even if you strike out, are still worth it because they put you closer to your next home run. If you’ve done anything to pursue your calling, it’s not time wasted. It’s time invested, and all that practice in pursuit of your calling will eventually pay off.
God bless! Keep at it.
“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” -Pablo Picasso
No matter what your calling is, everything in life has a set of rules. Sometimes it can be tempting to ignore the rules for the sake of creative freedom, but learning the rules is important. If you don’t know them, you can’t “break them like an artist,” as Picasso put it.
Learn the rules first. Know them inside-out, and then you can choose which rules are worth breaking. Once you’ve chosen, break them like an artist.
Never stop pursuing your calling. If you feel called, God has a reason for it. God bless!
“Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory. Be brave enough to live life creatively.” -Alan Alda
I needed this quote today. As you can probably tell by my inconsistency in posting lately, I’ve been wavering on the value of my blog, and whether or not it’s worth it for me to continue to pursue this when I have no real measurable income to speak of right now.
My logical mind is screaming at me to hurry up and finish my medical transcription and editing courses so I can make money and be an active contributor to my marriage. My logical mind likes to make me feel like this blog is a waste of time.
My heart and soul disagree. All I’ve ever wanted to be is a successful writer, and that desire is never going to go away. I still need to finish my medical transcription courses, yes, but I also feel that I must continue to “Be brave enough to live life creatively,” as Alan Alda so eloquently put it.
So, in the interest of both continuing to heed my calling and bringing in an income to contribute to my marriage, what am I going to do?
- I’m going to pray for God’s guidance.
- I’m going to get back on my schedule.
- I’m going to do my writing very first thing in the morning.
- After I’ve done my writing for the day, I’m going to work on my MTE school.
- I’m going to spend at least one hour a day on housework.
- I’m going to pray some more.
- I’m going to get back to using the 5,000 Words Per Hour method created by Chris Fox.
- I’m going to finish Frost as soon as I get the help I need from my beta readers.
If you are interested in beta reading for me, please contact me.
“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
What does being a friend have to do with heeding your calling? It has a lot more to do with it than you’d think. The best way to honor God while pursuing your calling is to be a good friend to others and use your calling to help them. Find ways to lift others up with your calling, and God will bless you for it. Use your calling to share God’s love with those who may need it. It certainly can’t hurt anything, and it definitely won’t hurt you or your pursuit of your calling.
Any time you use your calling to aid others and glorify God, you’re getting good practice at your calling while also serving a higher purpose in life. Serving God’s purpose(s) for your life can only bring blessings into your life.
God bless y’all!
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” -Vince Lombardi
I have a confession to make. I am a perfectionist. For the longest time, I believed the exact opposite of myself. However, my high school counselor, Mary Warfield, opened my eyes and proved to me that I am–in fact–a perfectionist.
There’s nothing wrong with striving for excellence, but don’t make the mistake I’ve made of letting the pursuit of perfection bog you down and halt any progress you might otherwise make in the pursuit of your calling.
“I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” -Thomas Edison
You may notice I’m posting rather late in the day. I looked at today’s quote this morning, and it inspired me to get back to work on my novel, Frost. I’ve been hammering away at this one story for over ten years now. It has been through thousands of iterations, every tense and POV imaginable, outlines, writes, re-writes, deconstructions, re-plannings, and re-outlining. I can honestly say I’ve found the 10,000 ways this particular story won’t work.
I’m hoping that this year’s iteration will be the one that I can finally release as a full-length novel, both in paperback and e-book. No matter how long it takes, don’t give up on your calling.
“Don’t worry about being worried. You’re heading out on an adventure and you can always change your mind along the way and try something else.” -Tracey Kidder
Worry is a pretty big force in my life. It always has been. That “what if” mindset that makes me such a great creative writer also brings a lot of unnecessary worry into my life. I know it sounds kind of crazy, but it’s true.
How could things change for me if I let go of the worry and embraced the adventure that is pursuing my calling? The only thing stopping me from finding out is fear. So, what is my plan for overcoming that fear? I plan to pray about it. God knows his plan for me, and I have faith that prayer will lead me to the right decision.
“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” -Paulo Coelho
We all have dreams. What’s your dream? My dream and my calling are one and the same. Mine is to be a successful writer. That’s what I’ve wanted to be for as long as I can remember. I have poured countless hours and thousands of dollars into this dream of mine.
I’ve invested in innumerable guides, manuals, courses, and webinars on how to improve my writing. Why would I spend so much time, effort, and money on something that has shown such relatively small returns on my investment so far?
I do it because I love it. I do it because writing is inherently rewarding to me. I may not look “successful” in the traditional sense. I’m not making much money at it yet, but I consider any day that I sit down and write to be both successful and rewarding.
I’m living my dream. Are you?