Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Miscellaneous Thoughts...

That's right! That's what I'm talkin' about! As I mentioned in last week's blog, my very favorite candy is back on store shelves! Cadbury Creme Eggs.


I know. In the grand scheme of things it's not as if it's that big of a deal. It doesn't have the significance of a debate on health care reform (I like SO don't want to go there) or the salaciousness of a sex scandal, but I'm a 'simple pleasures' kind of gal.

And proud of it.

After reading Christie's blog recounting a friend's battle with her husband's sudden and serious illness and his miraculous recovery, one realizes that the things we hold most dear don't come with a price tag, yet are infinitely priceless. Her friends' story also underscores the power of faith and the role that determination and a willingness to never give up play in achieving truly awe-inspiring outcomes despite the odds.

In writing, as in most areas of endeavor, we buck the odds. Shrinking lines. Fewer slots. Less sales. Lower advances. Reduced promo dollars. As I've said before, being an author and writer is not for wimps. That goes for both pubbed and pre-pubbed. It takes the same kind of steel-in-the-spine stick-to-it, single-minded, focus Christie's friend displayed over her husband's hospital bed. A commitment to making things happen. Great things. Miraculous things.

Despite the 'experts'. Regardless of the risks. No matter the odds. I'm going to recommit to living each day to the fullest, to show my gratitude for the people who share my life, and keep working towards the dreams I have yet to fulfill.

As Helen Keller said, 'Life is a Daring Adventure or nothing.' (Okay, so maybe in my case it's more 'misadventure' than adventure.) And the first step to achieving is believing!

So thanks to Christie, for sharing her friends' remarkably inspirational story. How have you or someone you know persevered in the face of huge obstacles or odds stacked against them? Any pearls of wisdom to encourage or lift others who might be fighting the temptation to give up or give in? Inspire us!

~Bullet Hole, keeping the faith~

1 comment:

Tori Lennox said...

No pearls of wisdom here. But that picture of the Cadbury eggs has me wanting my own fave Easter candy, jelly beans. :)