CELEBRATE This Week: LXXXII (82)
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At some point, you might ask ask me about celebration, I’d take a deep breath and a long sip. I’d smile at you and then maybe say something like this…
Recently I read a quote from Arianna Huffington and she said, “Failure is not the opposite of success; it’s part of success.” It’s been tumbling around in my mind, redefining failure, accepting that if there’s success, then there’s also failure.
I’ve made no secret that I’m having a hard time finding my footing as a writer. I keep trying to make space….make space…make space. I miss blogging. I miss writing 1000 words each morning. I miss the easy way words lined up when I draft articles or chapters about teaching writing. I miss writing slices from my family life. I miss jotting wisps of stories in my notebooks scattered around my daily life — in the laundry room and the car and my nightstand.
I miss these things. And yet, no matter how hard I try to make space, my brain is still muddled. I sit in front of a blank page and I don’t even know how to begin. I write anyway and am left with a jumbled mess and too much frustration.
It feels like failure.
My editor said, “You did become a mother to four active kids quite quickly.”
Yes, this is very true.
That’s part of the story, though. Those four active kids teach me about young writers and storytelling and faith. Those four active kids teach me grit and compassion and grace. Those four active kids teach me about culture and overcoming stereotypes and mercy. Those four active kids teach me about using technology for creation and the power of video and mixing medias.
The celebration is this: Just because it feels like failure doesn’t mean it is. Rather, it might just be one step on the road to success. I’m going to fight to stay on this road. Fight to keep believing that I am a writer. Fight to ignore the world’s definition of success. Fight to hold on to this piece of me being a writer because I know it is who I’m made to be.
I’m glad you’re here — joining me in the good fight. Each of us, no matter our corner of the world — are fighting to hold on to the pieces of us that we were made to be. Failure is part of the journey to success. I’m choosing to believe this and hope that you will too.