Listen to my interview on “Doin the Do”. I discuss the inspiration for my essay on Going for Gratitude.
My fellow writers, artist, aspiring entrepreneurs, risk takers, go-getters and out of the box movers and shakers: I know that we all find ourselves discouraged from time to time on the journey. After all it’s no wonder that over the centuries, artists have been known to be deeply depressed in addition to being profoundly talented.
The same source that produces talent makes room for the unpleasant too. It is us (referring to the aforementioned) who (through the grace of God) take it and make it the pleasantries for the masses to enjoy, appreciate and understand. Until they do – – the world simply does not fully appreciate what we have to offer.
Did the world appreciate Steve Jobs when he was a ‘whiz kid’ building computers and programs in his parents’ basement? How about the multitude of others who are now well-known or well-appreciated that make up and empower our world… our lives. Before they were ‘known’, before that big break or groundswell… was there room for disappointment and discouragement in their lives?
Sure it was. That is universally how life runs it’s course: ebb and flow, ups and downs, rain and sunshine. No one is immune.
However, for the artist or the square peg it is sometimes particularly more pronounced. Lack of empathy or camaraderie or even guilt may overshadow the internal pain of discouragement and blow it out of control and for some, become depression.
Borrowing from scripture, I say: take heart… Jesus has overcome the world!
Be grateful. Take hold of your faith and allow it to overcome the present disappointments. Emphasize the good that your uniqueness has gifted you with and dismiss negative thinking. Thinking/believing/living in this manner is how gratitude really looks. Persevering is the antidote to discouragement. Persevering is gratitude in action.
Go. For. GRATITUDE.
Oh, my goodness. I presented to an audience of Christian women the myths of forgiveness and what it really is and is not biblically. Take a listen to interviews I did for two online radio programs, “Doin’ The Do” and “The Enterprise.”
That’s a mouthful surely. Delivered by the grace of God, I tell you. It was not easy to condense that topic in an hour. Much preparation, prayer and divine intervention helped me pull it off. I have to be honest, hopefully it will help someone out there; someone who’s struggling with their words and hoping against all hopes of getting it done – and getting it right – for an audience. It is likely you will be a rousing success because of preparation and faith. Relying solely on your fortitude is a recipe for letdown.
The feedback I received was phenomenal. Days later, after taking time to consider what the participants said, I believe I know what to aim for in preparing for future presentations. The women’s responses, which had come completely unsolicited, assured me that I had:
I look forward to my next public speaking engagement, from the prepping step to the finale, it’s a journey I commit to sharing.
However, for now, my keyboard is calling…. there’s a screenplay with my name on it asking for further attention.
Ahh the rewrite, my favorite part!