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On Greatness

Even if we don’t acknowledge them (or even realize we have them), we all have dreams and goals and a destiny, that really, truly, will change the world. I know a lot of times “the world” in this context is our current sphere of influence, but I really believe our impact extends beyond what we know. That’s why it’s so easy for me to say, THE way I’m changing the world is through my children.” That is, I’m giving them the best I possibly can. I teach them about life, help them learn to be powerful and own their choices, pursue their dreams and walk in their strengths, and I work really hard to provide a safe environment for them to happen in and from. But to what end? So they can spend their lives investing in their children alone? And so on? No, not *only*. Don’t get me wrong. Being a great parent is not only extremely difficult and uncomfortable and rewarding, but it is also more important than saving a starving child. What I’m saying is that no matter what noble goal I chase after, if I sacrifice my family to it, I will consider myself a failure. So where does that leave me? In a balancing act – difficult, but possible, and so very important. I must be true to who I am and obedient to God to walk in the gifts He’s given me. I must change the world, and not simply pass my responsibility for it to my kids. I know they will do greater things than what I do. What kind of parent would I be if I made it easy for them?

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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How to Fail

Well, I have officially failed at NaNoWriMo 2013. Of my target 50,000 words of my novel, I achieved a grand total of <drumroll> 1,838. I think it’s safe to say, I failed spectacularly. Sure, I have excuses, but none of them really matter, which I’m pretty sure is the exact definition of excuse. The point is that I set a goal that, while it was achievable for thousands of others, for me it was ridiculously impossible. I believe you should always have a few impossible goals in your life.
So now, I’m almost finished with the first chapter, and on track to finish the first draft of the book by the end of May. This will still prove, I’m sure, to be a monumental task, but far less impossible. Stay tuned, just don’t hold your breath.

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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