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“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” -John R. Wooden
This quote of the day post is coming to you quickly and late at night because I spent the majority of the day taking kitties to the vet to be vaccinated and going over Frost repeatedly to find where my problems are in the story’s structure.
I’ve never been good at organization, but I make up for it in persistence. I’ve invested 10 years of my life in this story. I’ve invested thousands of dollars and a lot of time in producing the best story I possibly can. When I’m having problems, I check out my extensive library of writing aids and use them to help me figure out what’s wrong with the story. I spent all day locating weak points in my story and fixing them.
“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!
“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.
“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” -Warren Buffett
I believe that, in relation to pursuing one’s calling, this quote means that we can grow through helping others. (By the way, I’m terribly sorry for posting this QotD post so late. That seems to be happening a lot lately.) I believe that the only way we can actually grow and advance in our respective callings is to aid other like-minded people who may need a helping hand.
“We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls.”
I used to struggle with the concept of free will versus God. It took me a long time to realize that God chose to give people free will for a reason. I used to wonder why on earth he would do that when he knows what flawed creatures we human beings are. He knows that we can make very poor decisions when left to our own devices. I wrestled with confusion over that for many, many years, until I finally realized just how much His children we are.
We are the Lord’s children in the truest sense of the relationship. If you’ve ever been around kids, you know there’s nothing like a bought lesson. Children are hard-headed. They have to do things their own way and in their own time. God lets us learn things for ourselves and when we make mistakes he’s waiting to help us pick up the pieces with open arms and a loving, understanding heart.
So, how does any of this apply to heeding your calling?
Only you can know when you’re doing what you’ve been called to do. It’s not something that an outsider can tell you, but you can feel it. When everything clicks and feels right, when what you’re doing is fulfilling and spiritually satisfying, you know it. You can feel it when things are falling into place. Even if what you’re doing isn’t benefiting you monetarily, it may be fulfilling you in ways you never imagined, and you may one day be able to achieve a life making a living doing what you love. Don’t let the insidious voices in your head tell you that you’re wasting time doing what makes you happy. Pursuing happiness and trying to share that happiness with others is NEVER a waste of time.
If you feel called to do something, you have the free will and spiritual fortitude to pursue that calling. If you’re still not quite sure what your calling is, try some prayerful meditation on the subject and see where God leads you.
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” -Napoleon Hill
How many times have you heard the mantra, “If you believe it, you can achieve it?” I could swear I’ve heard it about a million times. This begs the question of whether the phrase still holds any value, or whether it’s been overused. I’m willing to argue that the message is still valid, especially for those of us who feel we must pursue our respective callings.
Can you picture yourself making a life and a living pursuing this calling that you love? What is your calling? Do you know? If you do, say it out loud. Write it down. Embrace your calling. Prepare to live it.
If you’re not sure what your calling is, I can help you figure it out.
Have you felt it? If you’re anything like me, you’ll realize when you’re doing what you are called to do. You feel a glow down to the core of your soul when you’re actively heeding your calling. You feel driven to achieve that bright, humming rightness in your spirit that you only feel when you’re embracing your calling. You can’t resist engaging in your calling, and your life feels richer and realer when you do. That’s a sign that you have found your calling, and are doing what you were always meant to do.
As a Christian, it is my belief that God calls certain people to serve and glorify him trough the things they enjoy doing. He has given everyone special gifts, and your soul hums like a tuning fork when you follow your calling and use your gifts for His glory.
I have chosen to share a year’s worth of inspiring quotes–some Biblical and some not–and my thoughts about them as a fellow servant heeding her calling. I’m sharing my struggles and triumphs of pursuing my calling in writing with you in the hope that you will find them uplifting, inspiring, and that they will encourage you to heed your calling, too.
Have faith in God. Trust yourself. Heed your calling.