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Roald Dahl On Readers | Quote of the Day 10/30/17

QOTD 10_30_17

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Doctor Pychyl On Procrastination | Quote of the Day 9/7/2017

Doctor Pychyl On Procrastination | Quote of the Day 9/7/2017

Robert Benchley On Freelance Writing | Quote of the Day 8/26/17

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Robert Benchley On Freelance Writing | Quote of the Day 8/26/17

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Enid Bagnold On Writing | Quote of the Day 8/24/17

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Enid Bagnold On Writing | Quote of the Day 8/24/17

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William S. Burroughs on Quality | Quote of the Day 8/23/17

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William S. Burroughs on Quality | Quote of the Day 8/23/17

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Allen Ginsberg on Voice | Quote of the Day 8/22/17

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Allen Ginsberg on Voice | Quote of the Day 8/22/17

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Ralph Waldo Emerson on What Lies Within – Quote of the Day – 6/7/16

“What lies behind us, and what lies before us are but tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

I think this quote is a great commentary on the value of the present in our lives. Don’t waste the time given to you on fruitless, meaningless endeavors. Find your passion, heeds your calling to that passion, and dedicate the present to living that passion because none of us know how much time we have in this world.

Quote of the Day – 4/6/16 – Babe Ruth on Strikes

“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.

Quote of the Day – 3/7/16

 “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.

Quote of the Day – 3/5/2016

“We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls.”
-Winston Churchill

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.

Quote of the Day – 2/4/16

“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.

Quote of the Day – 3/3/2016

“Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.” -Leonardo da Vinci

I realized recently that the scope of my Quote of the Day posts may be too narrow. I don’t just want to advise other struggling writers. I want to reach out to everyone who may be struggling with the journey that is pursuing their calling.


So, from here on in, I will be broadening the scope of my posts to include everyone who feels called to do something. I will still be relating my personal journey in pursuing my calling to serve God through my writing.

I believe that this quote holds a great amount of inspiration for those of us who feel called to serve God through the individual gifts He has given us. If you truly feel called to do something, never give up on it. You feel that call for a reason. Don’t let yourself be dissuaded from following your true calling.

I know it’s hard sometimes. I know that life can be exhausting. Trust me. I faltered yesterday and failed to write because substitute teaching is unimaginably exhausting. I talked over fifth graders, begging them to act right, for almost seven straight hours. I had no voice when I got home, and I had to lie down and sleep.

I should have made time to write because it’s my calling, but I faltered for a moment. I’m only human, and that happens sometimes. But, because writing is my calling, I’m back at it today. I picked myself up, dusted myself off, and I’m at my keyboard even though it’s 11:00 at night because I love this and it’s my calling.

I’m at my keyboard knocking out my daily blog post at 11:00 at night because I love this, and I’m hoping to reach other people who love something in their lives as much as I love writing. I’m hoping to encourage others who feel called to serve God through their talents to believe in themselves and go for it.

What do you feel called to do?

Quote of the Day – 3/1/16

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” -Sir John Lubbock

You can choose how you perceive the world around you. As a person following a calling, you can choose how to frame everything that transpires in your world. You can opt to look at things through a positive lens, or a negative one. I have done both, and I can tell you from personal experience that choosing to see things in a positive framework will improve your life exponentially.

Sure, sometimes it’s easier to see the negative, and wallowing in it may feel like the easiest path to catharsis, but focusing on the positive will ultimately be more uplifting in the long run. I know how hard it can be to see the positive. I have struggled with depression in the past. That is a state that it’s very difficult to find positivity from. If you’re struggling to see the positive in any situation, but especially in regard to pursuing your calling, I urge you to take a moment and pray about it.

Sometimes praying doesn’t present answers immediately, but it can be calming to hand your troubles over to God. Sharing your grievances with the Lord can ease whatever burden you’re feeling and make it easier to see the positive in your situation. Don’t bring negativity to your calling, though, because it will not benefit you or the work you feel called to do.

If you have to take a break until you’re feeling better and more positive, do so. I’m not saying that you should use negative feelings as a crutch to avoid pursuing your calling for days on end. That would be letting fear get the better of you, and you’re better than that. What I’m saying is that it’s okay to take a sanity day every now and then. Take a breather and come back to your calling when you feel better equipped to serve it from a positive and more peaceful place.

Quote of the Day – 2/29/2016

“Making the work you want to make means finding nourishment within the work itself.” -David Bayles and Ted Orland, from Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

I think that this quote is quite relevant to my notion of heeding your calling. The thing that I feel called to do is writing. I gave up on writing for quite some time because I was trapped by the illusion of overnight success. I felt like I was working my butt off for little to no gain. I was failing to appreciate the journey I was on. I deviated from the path I was meant to be on because I had this stupid idea that I ought to be making money RIGHT NOW because I’m a talented writer.

Nothing happens instantaneously. Success does not go hand-in-hand with instant gratification. The need for instant gratification will drown you, your calling, and your innate gifts in a quagmire of frustration, resentment, and it will cause you to give up.

Don’t concern yourself with external pressures. People may say that you shouldn’t consider yourself successful until you’re making money at whatever you’re doing. I disagree. I think that you should only consider yourself successful if whatever you’re doing fulfills you spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. If you don’t walk away from your work feeling a positive charge–a spiritual boost–then you aren’t doing what you’re called to do.

Don’t confuse your calling for a way to make “easy money.” Do what you’re called to do for its intrensic rewards. Do it because you love it, and the rest will come when the time is right.

Quote of the Day – 2/28/16

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, give I to you. Don’t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful. -John 14:27

I don’t know all that much about peace, comparatively speaking. I’m prone to embracing chaos far too readily. I’m learning more about peace, though. I know that I feel restless and unfulfilled when I don’t heed my calling to write. Stagnant dissatisfaction sets in. However, when I follow my calling, I feel a sense of peace and advancement, even if what I’m doing is only benefiting me. I feel like everything is good and smooth and bright, like Bay La Launch on a still, warm day, when I heed my calling. When I make time to write, I feel like all is right in the world. I feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing with my life, and I think that’s what peace is. Everything clicks. Everything feels right.

Look for the things in your life that make you feel that way. Look for that warm, calm hum that waits under the surface and only breaks through when you’re doing the things you’re called to do. I believe that God has a plan for everyone. I believe that God instills feelings of peace in us when we are doing what he’s calling us to do. I believe that when we follow our respective callings, God takes away trouble, turbulence, and fear from our hearts.

When you feel peace, take note of exactly what you’re doing because I guarantee you that it is directly linked to whatever your calling is. My calling is writing. What’s yours?

P.S. Have a blessed Sunday, y’all!

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