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Joy: From the Ground Up

Life Worth Living August 3, 2013

I learned some unexpected lessons yesterday. I asked for help, and it wasn’t so bad. But the responses to my request, as well as my reaction to them, brought me to some interesting conclusions.

It wasn’t news to me that I have an incredible support system made up of larger than life hearts and creative minds. I’ve known that for a while. But my defensive emotional response when it was suggested that I take a break? I wasn’t expecting that. Let my mind rest until new stories come to me? Stories happen around me every day – I just need to pay attention. Alone With My Thoughts

Indeed it has crossed my mind to take a day or two off from my 365-day journey, but I realize (or perhaps just reaffirm) now that I am stubborn about finishing what I’ve started. Being stubborn is not a very attractive quality to be sure, but I’ve never been a quitter and I have no intention of becoming one now. How can I be when I have words like commitment, perseverance and passion on my mind?

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor,” suggested American football coaching legend Vince Lombardi. My chosen field of endeavor is bringing joy to the world, and I can’t exactly do that if I don’t challenge that little blinking cursor of doom I know as the occasional case of writer’s block. You will not defeat me writer’s block.

It’s no Armani neck tie. It doesn’t hold a cake to a Gucci handbag. It’s definitely not an Hermes scarf. Stubborn is one of those people accessories that just doesn’t look good on anyone. And yet I can’t give up. Instead I’ve decided to be stubborn about that in spite of how it looks on me.

So when I struggle I shall instead embrace excellence in simplicity by taking a page from American naturalist and essayist John Burroughs. “I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see,” said Burroughs. I know I have a lot more thoughts to think, places to go, things to learn and friends to make in this life. These are the things that make life worth living.

This post is dedicated to my pal Trev, who shared with me the John Burroughs quote in addition to his friendship. Thanks for being you, dear Trev.


24 Responses to “Life Worth Living”

  1. good for you; you are an inspiration

  2. writetowag Says:

    Dear friend, thank you for your sweet sweet words and kindness…I am so thankful that God brought us together!!!! You make my heart smile…And thank you for being you!!!! –Hugs galore being sent your way!!!! 🙂 Such a lovely post today!!!!

    • I am thankful for so many blessings in life, and share your sentiment about God bringing us together. No one comes into our lives by chance in my opinion. Hugs galore being sent right back! 🙂

  3. huntmode Says:

    Wyles, I’m contrary enough to celebrate stubborness. It is a GOOD quality! It is what takes us through those challenges and doubts to the other side of “I did it!”

  4. angloswiss Says:

    Wiley I look forward to your wise words every morning so keep going. Daily Prompt is fun, not a job, so enjoy.

    • Dear friend,
      Your mention of reading my blog every day warms my soul and brings joy to my heart. Thank you for sharing in my thoughts and being so supportive!
      Lots of love to you (and the felines),

  5. That Burroughs guy is pretty smart. I think if the day had 25 hours, we’d need 26…

    Love and licks,

    • I think you’re right on about that, dear Cupcake! My mom always says the same about our beloved Fridays. If we had Fridays off we’d want Thursdays off….and so it is.
      Lots of love to you and your mom,

  6. Onward. The words will come!

  7. PigLove Says:

    Hang in my friend. Hang in. XOXO – Bacon

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    Sometimes the moment you least want to ask for help is the same moment you need it most.

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