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I owe the inspiration for tonight’s blog post to a fellow blogger, Ellie Mack. She gave me some encouragement do to my somewhat piteous post last night and It inspired me to write about how friends can sometimes help us to pull up our bootstraps and get back to it.
Have you ever felt like you just had so many ideas spinning through your head and yet couldn’t get them written? That’s how I feel now. I have three great ideas for novels that two of the three are no more than a page of notes each, right now. I also have a lot of ideas about how I want to improve this blog by organizing it better, enhancing the EOS quality of it and writing more posts about writing and fewer posts about the random junk I originally started throwing on here in my new blogger zeal. I also have a few ideas about writing articles for e-zines and some poems I need to write. I love writing flash fiction too, but that’s just for fun and practice.
As if all that weren’t enough to be roiling around in my cranial cavity, I just received a shipment of 20 gallons of paint and need to paint my house. My brother-in-law is going to be visiting with his family in two weeks and I want the place to really shine when he gets here. (He’s a retired Colonel and my wife is always eager to bless him with good impressions of how we’re doing.)
I have a lot on my plate, but all I can think about is writing my first novel. It’s a great idea for a novel, too. My wife literally dreamed it up. She does that. She dreams full plots with a beginning, a middle and an end. (I read somewhere that Stephen King dreamed the plots for some of his best novels.) The only thing she doesn’t always have is a good twist at the end, but we are both very imaginative, so we can develop that as we go. I think I have the twist I want for this one, anyway.
So I let my blog stagnate for two weeks and now I’m feeling guilty. Here I am trying to establish an online presence so that everyone will possibly look forward to reading my work when I produce it and then I leave everyone in the lurch for two whole weeks? Not acceptable. But Ellie cheered me right up! So I decided to write about the power of encouragement.
It’s not just some kind words you throw out there and forget about. Real encouragement comes from the heart of one person and lifts up the heart of another. There are so many things we can say to one another and yet most of us usually don’t choose encouraging words. If you don’t agree, look at the comment section of any online news site. You’ll most likely see that about seventy-five percent of the comments are negative.
I once heard the statement that “life is pain and anyone who tells you different is either lying or selling something.” I don’t think it has to be that way. Our words have power and they produce results. Just think what a different place the world would be if each of us made a choice to encourage at least one person every day.
I thank God daily for a wife who encourages me to write. I am also thankful for the encouragement of friends like Alex and Laura. They are friends of mine who never seem to have anything negative to say to me or about me. Now believe me, if they wanted to find negative things to say about me they certainly could, but they don’t. You see? That’s what makes a difference in people’s lives. In fact, they and my wife were the main ones encouraging me to publish The Lost Flip Flop and The Honeybee Fiasco, my two short stories, published on Amazon.com. Another is coming soon and I feel so much better now that I’m doing something with my writing talent.
Encourage someone today and see how much better you feel too. Trust me, you won’t be sorry you did so.