BY LEONARD QUILTY
Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. – Arnold H. Glasow
Wow! This is really an exciting time in my life.
I’m always enthused at the start of a new year. Like many people, I think about my goals for the upcoming year and reflect on the year gone by.
As part of that refection, I consider with gratitude the many blessings over the past 12 months. But at this point early in the new year of 2011 (Jan. 9 as I write this), I’m really thrilled about a project I’ve been working on the last few months – my first book!
Actually, I started this book about five years ago but had laid it aside after writing the first chapter or two. Back in October of last year, I decided to get serious about finishing what I’d begun (I plan to have the first draft completed by the end of January).
As for getting sidetracked on a project, maybe something similar has happened to you. Have you ever taken on a new challenge, or championed an important cause, but for whatever reason your idea or project slipped off the rails and then found a resting place in the filing cabinet in the basement?
Or maybe it got tucked away quietly in the corner of your brain, waiting patiently for the right neurons to connect so your idea can be catapulted into another brain section housing the files called priorities.
Life is like that, isn’t it?
In the pursuit of our goals, it’s so easy to get distracted by the here and now – meaning, quite often, the responsibilities of our work and family lives.
One of the most recognizable marketing slogans ever composed is the one by Nike – ‘Just do it!’ As simple and catchy as that slogan sounds, it really does strike at the core of breaking free from the self-imposed inertia in our life.
During the past weekend, at the public library here in Okotoks, I listened to a presentation by an up and coming author from Cold Lake, Alberta – Judith Graves. Her writing is primarily in the young adult genre of the paranormal.
Ms. Graves gave a very interesting talk about writing in general, and what it takes to be a published author. Other than the useful information she shared, what impressed me the most about this young author was the unabashed gleam in her eyes as she was talking about the joys of reading and writing.
It was obvious to me she had found her niche in life – her magnificent obsession. What a blessing it is to get to that point in your life when you’ve latched onto something so powerful it literally resonates in your being, so much so you just want to share it with others hoping your enthusiasm will inspire them to go out and do the same.
Speaking of sharing something with others, I’d like to share with you the link to a blog I recently started: ‘http://manualforpeace.blogspot.com/’. This blog is related to the book I’m writing.
Please take a moment to visit the site and read my two postings. Then I would be most grateful if you would share with me (via my e-mail address below) your stories, and from people you know, that relate to the content of my blog.
Then, with your permission, I would be glad to post these anecdotes on my blog so others can benefit from reading your contribution.
Leonard Quilty is a teacher with the Center for Learning@Home in Okotoks, Alberta. He can be reached by e-mail at ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’.