Going from Failure to Failure Without Losing your Enthusiasm

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Prime Minister Winston Churchill gives the “Victory” sign to crowds in London on Victory in Europe Day. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many writers, including myself, have our ups and downs in terms of our livelihood and craft.  I’ve found that often our greatest growth happens during times when our efforts may appear to be faltering to everyone including ourselves.

Earlier this year, on the occasion of my birthday, my brother sent a lovely letter to support my path as a writer.

It occurred to me that some of what he wrote to me might apply to many of you as well, so here is an excerpt of a pep talk from my younger brother to me, reframed for you my fellow writers.

Dear fellow writer:

You are capable of great things and I wish you all the success in your endeavors, even if I don’t entirely understand them. 

I have been reading a book entitled “First Thing Every Morning, Turn Your Life Around One Day at a Time” to give me ideas and inspiration.  One quote I read reminded me of you and your present work:

“As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow.  We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom.  It happens in its own time.”

– Denis Waitley

Winston Churchill said, “Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm”.  Ben Franklin said, “If you want to be remembered when you’re dead, write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.”

Writing has always been your greatest gift so use it well.  I know you can write great things and, regardless of the compensation, be entirely fulfilled.  I wish you great fulfillment, great friends, a loving spirit and God’s peaceful assurance that you are on the right path.  Forget much, treasure the moment and forgive freely, not so much for others as for yourself.

We all need someone who supports us when times are challenging, and I appreciate these words of encouragement from my brother.

May you find deep support for your writing and great fulfillment in all your work!

Daily Contemplation:

Do you have anyone in your life who supports your writing? If so, what might they tell you now to keep you encouraged?

Have you ever had to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm?

How do you stay on the “right” path with your writing?

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