Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Running the Race

Since the theme for the Northern Colorado Writers Conference, happening this week in Fort Collins is Just Write It, I wanted to revisit a blog I wrote about running the race. Enjoy!

"I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy."
~Og Mandino

As writers, we all have a passion for writing. It is something we are drawn to--something we feel we have to do. It is our purpose in life to share our thoughts, feelings, ideas and stories with the world. Once we recognize that writing is our purpose-our calling-than we have a responsibility to fulfill it. We must grow into that mountain that Og Mandino was talking about.

One of our biggest hurdles is not staying connected to our passion and the joy associated with writing. We allow negative thoughts to fill our mind, instantly stopping our creative thoughts. We receive a response from an editor or agent saying they are not interested in our work and it all starts. "I am not a good writer." "Who was I kidding anyway?" "Why an I putting myself through this?" "I will never get published."

Like the quote says, "I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand." It is the challenging times that call us to remember our purpose. It is during these times that we must not shrink and become just a grain of sand.

One of my favorite passages from the Bible is from Hebrews 12:1. It says, "Let us run with endurance, the race God has set before us." Regardless of your spiritual beliefs or religious affiliations, the meaning behind this quote is still the same. We all have specific race we are running and we must endure through the good and bad times. There will be detours and hills along the way, but we can take comfort in knowing we are running the race we were meant to run and victory awaits us.

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