“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are more powerful beyond measure.”- Marianne Williamson
I must confess that one of my greatest fears is that no one would read what I have to say or know that what I write truly comes from my heart. It is a reflection of me and how I see the world. But last week my total number of views since I started the blog reached over one thousand. I know that doesn’t seem like much, but it’s a start. And over the past few months, God has led me to a place where I am more comfortable with my writing and less afraid of expressing myself, and for that I am grateful. I believe that if I write it, people will not only read what I have to say, but enjoy it, and hopefully identify with me on some level.
So with that being said, I have decided to remove the word can’t from my vocabulary, especially when it comes to my passion and gift of writing. I don’t know why or when I placed limitations on my gift, because even as a child I was encouraged to express myself through writing. So I have decided that it is time to change my way of thinking.
A few years ago a friend suggested that I enter a short story writing contest. At first I thought I couldn’t possibly enter that contest. I’d never written a short story, and I didn’t even know where to begin. But then it hit it me, a short story is nothing but a novel condensed into a short version. And since I’d already written one novel, and had several ideas for more, I would just use one of those ideas for my short story. Since then I’ve written even more short stories, some based on writing prompts from Writers Digest, and I’ve used those stories to create my blog.
You’d be amazed at what happens when you start down the path to realize your personal legend, or purpose. Earlier this year, I decided to step out on a limb, and take my writing one step further, by entering a screenwriting contest. Again I was faced with the challenge of doing something I’d never done before, but once again I had an epiphany. A screenplay is nothing more than a short story but written for television. And if I could write a novel, several short stories, and start a blog, well then why couldn’t I write a screenplay? And through these challenges I found my purpose.
So once again I have come to a crossroads and am excited about a new challenge that my passion for writing has presented me with. I will be writing for the examiner.com, sharing my experiences, opinions, and talents on the topic of dating. I do hope to use this opportunity as a way to jump start my freelance writing career and am happy to be able to share my journey with you all.
Before I bring this to a close, I’d like to challenge all who read this to remove the word can’t from their vocabulary as well. Stop holding yourself back and let your light shine. Take it from me there is nothing you can’t do when you have God on your side.