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10.2.11

Keeping Courage...

A while back, a friend and I had been taking turns picking a topic to talk about and hash out between the two of us. Just our opinions, you understand, nothing that is going to shift the axis of the world… I don’t think. lol

But we were ironing out what we thought, why we thought it, and sometimes… just sometimes, we changed our minds.

I’m not going to get into what we said, or even what we talked about, but it had me thinking about what it means to pick a course of action. We all set goals and, of course, there are those pesky New Year’s Resolutions but really, that is not the same. A course of action is the long haul, the long road, the long term… whatever you call it — it’s not around the corner.

It takes patience. It takes determination. It takes heart.

I think as writers we’ve all chosen that long road. Because success does not necessarily come overnight and there are always going to be those people who have something negative to say, or who talk behind our back about the writing profession or our ability to craft a story or who think those one & two star reviews are doing someone a favor.

But they, in the end, are simply bumps in the road. We have to proceed slowly past – or over – them and keep moving forward on our chosen course.

Honestly, I think Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best:
Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires… courage.
So, here’s to all of us having the courage to keep doing what we love...

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