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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.

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Ruminations II


What does preparation look like?

I found public speaking to be much like writing.

The preparation process, at least initially, were similar. Study the topic. Consider it carefully, from both my perspective then my audience perspective.

Finally, Pray, then:  Write. Write what you know. Write what you think. Write what you believe. Sentence after sentence, paragraph after paragraph, page after page. Just keep writing. Hours, days, weeks of just writing.

Stop. Study more, read more. Go deeper: consider the concept and the goal of the topic even more. Come up for air, read what’s been written. Disappointing. Very disappointing. If it were batting averages, probably .100. Take heart, this is a very normal, very expected process in writing. Back to the topic. Delineate it. Consider, then reconsider the subject goal  from different angles. Ponder, brainstorm and record my thoughts.

Again… more writing. More pages. Repeat process several times. Read results, comparing to batting averages again, it elevated a little, maybe .150. Better. Gather constructive criticism from team of supporters. Rework outline. Set up bullet key points. Write, write, write. And pray. Read.

Improvement – GREAT improvement. Concrete ideas now in black in white. Less writing. More rewriting. Hardest part over.

My writing voice: STRONG, DISTINCT, CONFIDENT.

My message: CLEAR, SUCCINCT.

My delivery: I SHALL LET YOU KNOW….

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