Recently, I lamented to a writer-friend about how tired I was. Perhaps, you’re there, too. Pressing on.
Maybe you’re a writer. Or an artist. Or a creative who’s walked a similar path. The one marked Guts. The one opposite its counterpart, Glory.
Though the two paths intersect, rarely do they meet–at least on the same day. And sometimes, not even in the same month.
The two paths are very different. Two distinct junctures, each with its own characteristics.
Guts is the path that requires stamina for exceptionally long periods of time. It’s what its name implies. A place to digest the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s a difficult place to be.
Glory, on the other hand, is the sunnier course defined by the sweet taste of accomplishment. The spot where we toast success. The tipping point of freedom.
Most writers know guts AND glory will be part of the mix as we pursue publishing goals, but what we may not realize is the extent both will play in our pursuit of the dream.
For instance, I think most of us would be happy to skip the guts part. We don’t want to experience long waits, trying circumstances, or potholes along the path. We’d rather go for broke. To play full-out. To ditch difficulties and dance beyond defeat.
The reality IS that it rarely works like that.
Now, that’s not to say it can’t. I just don’t know too many folks who’ve had it happen that way.
If you’re pursuing a dream today and you’re more than a little tired of the perseverance trek–I’m with you. It’s tough.
But what’s the alternative?
To give up? Quit?
We could. But wouldn’t you always wonder?
What if I’d stuck with it just a little bit longer?
What if opportunity was right around the bend?
What if tomorrow God planted a miracle in my path?
These are things I’ve mulled over in the past month. Things that always encourage me to press on.
Today, if you’re lost somewhere on the beaten path, please know that you don’t have to go it alone. Gather a few close friends, or even one, to cover you in prayer and bear you up in love.
It’ll make the world of difference while you’re waiting!
Which life path are YOU on?
What do you do while you’re in transition?
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*Friends, I’m guest-posting on the ACFW blog today. Please stop by and say hello! I’m talking about the Things I Wish I’d Known Sooner during my writing journey.
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Tags: Author Cynthia Herron, Encouragement for writers, Guts and Glory, Perseverance, Pressing On, Which path to take, writing journey
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