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Going for it

If you want to be great at something you need practice right? I tell my daughter a lot of things like work hard, be kind, be yourself. But sometimes I am not sure I always practice what I preach. So I decided to go after my dream of writing a book. Over the weekend, I sent a pitch to a publishing house.

Whether or not they like the idea, I took one step closer to furthering my dream. Reading authors is another way I push myself toward my goal.

I started reading the book The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles.

Less than 100 pages in and I am already intimidated.

He writes- “There’s a certain charm to a town like this. And there’s a certain kind of person who would rather live here than anywhere else - even in the 20th century. Like a person who wants to make sense of the world. Living in the big city rushing around amid all that hammering and clamoring, the events of life can begin to seem random. But in a town this size when a piano falls out of a window and lands on a fellows head, there’s a good chance you’ll know why he deserved it.”

I laughed. Then my thoughts drifted to I am not good enough. I cannot write that well. 

But if my daughter uttered those words to me about a dream she had, I would say you aren’t supposed to be him. You are supposed to be you. And you are supposed to be the best you you can be. Too Dr. Seuss?

I read for enjoyment but also to get better and I write to become stronger in this craft. But the world doesn’t need another Amor Towles. It has one. The world needs you. 

Our town needs you.

So many people in our community that volunteer repeat the same words over and over. We don’t have enough help. The same people help over and over until they are burned out.Sports, 4-H, maybe someone could revive Boy Scouts, or a community band.

Just imagine if we all brought our strengths and ideas and willingness to serve a bit. I think our community could thrive even more than it does already. You matter. Your gifts matter. You don’t have to be perfect to give a little. The world is waiting for you to share your gifts.

A saying I am sure I have shared before or maybe you have heard before is “What if I fail? Oh my darling, what if you fly?”

 

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