“Taking a place at the table is not guaranteed. Not everyone makes it to a seat of power…Ah…but taking a chair at the forefront of your dreams, that is possible. And, it is necessary, even if our dreams can change and evolve over time, even if our dreams may be a subsidiary to our work life or family life.” Israelmore Ayivor
I believe we are called by the world, by our own inner yearnings, and to me, by God, to find a way to live our dreams, to be true to own selves, to find our passions. I think when we fail to do this we do ourselves injury. Larger than that, when we discount or diminish our dreams, we do a much larger injury as well. For if we hold a missing piece the world needs and we withhold it, the world is diminished by that loss. It certainly may take incredible effort and commitment to achieve a calling, live a purpose, or fulfill a dream. But whatever the cost of doing that, it is nothing to the cost of not doing it. Proverbs says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” I think that is personal and communal.
Phoebe Coelho says it this way, “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting……Before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams master the lessons we have learned as we have moved toward that dream. That’s the point at which most people give up…. [At this point] Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”
Someone one said, the most important things we learn are those we already know, and I know all of this. Part of the reason I dedicated this blog to all who are trying “to find and live their call” is that I believe you know it, too. There are literally a million reasons to give up. I have stared accruing mine.
This week brought the first rejection to a query letters and if I don’t hear by Friday on another I can infer that agent has taken a pass as well. Failure hurts. My only answer: learn from it. That translates to revise and tweak my letters and my synopsis, research more agents, and keep going. I refuse to quit. Failure is just one step on the path to success if you keep going.
I don’t know where you are in your journey, your understanding of your call, or in your effort to live or fulfill it. I do know that however hard it may be, it is easier together. So, thanks to all who have been encouraging me, and I hope today brings you a sense of renewal in your efforts.
Can you feel your spine stiffening? Mine is. There’s no time for pity at the forefront of dreams and no more waiting for it. Knocked down…I’m picking myself up. How about you? ……So, ready to begin again? No? Well, we can get ready while we go for it. Come on! ….Wait, is that a mountain ahead….ok, no stopping us, deep breath, we will just climb it. Now, let’s go…..our dreams are calling us…full pursuit ahead.