"To me, the smell of fresh-made coffee is one of the greatest inventions.” —Hugh Jackman
Good luck with that.
I've heard this said many times and I know I've said it before.
You know what I'm talking about. You've said it or heard also.
Good luck with that.
Someone has said this to me when I shared an idea or dream with them... Good luck with that.
I know I've said it when someone indulged me with their dreams or ideas.
Good Luck with that.
When did it not be okay to dream? When did it not be okay to have ideas and something your passionate about and try to make it realized?
What is the age when we are supposed to conform to everyone and everything else around us—when are we not supposed to dream or scheme anymore?
Is there a limit on new songs and song writers? Is there a cap limit on new authors and books? Is there a number limit on new restaurant openings? Is there a limit on entrepreneurs allowed to live out their dream of starting a business?
If we were to be truthful to ourselves and to the people who dare to share their dreams and ideas with us, we would all realize many times when we say Good luck with that; What we are really saying is we don't have the guts to follow through with our dreams or ideas.
There is enough room for everybody to dream and try. Everybody has the gift to succeed or fail—just some people don't have the courage to try.
So what if someone else has already done your idea or is living your dream! We don't have your new book to read or your new restaurant to eat at, and we don't have your new song to sing. So go ahead and try it.
Dreams, ideas, and passions worth trying are never easy to actualize. It can be downright discouraging when your trying to make your dream happen. But I think that's the point. The value comes from the blood, sweat, and tears of trying to make your idea or dream a reality.
If someone tells you we don't need another book or another restaurant or another song to sing—they are lying to you. They are lying because we don't have your dream.
So in all sincerity, good luck with that. Good luck with your dream, your passion, or your idea.
Good luck. Because, whether your succeed or fail, you will become a better person for trying. When you become a better person then we all become better people, which makes for better and more beautiful community.
For an ever better blog post on this subject:
Read Jon Acuff'S Nashville has too many musicians, but we are missing one.
Maya Angelou—The American poet, author and civil rights activist died May 28, 2014 at the age of 86
USA Today has a great write-up on her life. Read it here - Maya Angelou: Her life and Accomplishments
My soul has benefitted greatly from Maya Angelou's writings.
Here are some of my favorites quotes from her:
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope."
"My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return."
"You can't forgive without loving. And I don't mean sentimentality. I don't mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, 'I forgive. I'm finished with it.'"
"While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation."
I'm talking about my blogging anniversary.
Wordpress dutifully informed me this morning that today is my seven year anniversary of blogging at Wordpress—I actually start blogging two years before that on Blogger.com, but eventually moved over to the Wordpress blogging platform.
Why am I telling you all this, well because I can. Plus, blogging is has become part of who I am and what I do. While I don't pretend to be the best writer/blogger or even that interesting—blogging has become a way for me to grow as a person, husband, dad, and especially as a follower of Jesus—I've discovered many of my strengths and equally my weaknesses through blogging...
Here are seven things I have discovered and experienced in my nine years of blogging:
1. My creativity and knowledge have grown through blogging. My creativity has grown because when I blog; I am forced to think beyond my capabilities—I've had to think outside of the box on many occasions in regards to the topics that I write about. Additionally, blogging has forced me to research and dig deeper on the subjects I am blogging about.
2. I've discovered that I am an introvert more so than I'm an extrovert.
3. Blogging has taught me that I struggle with consistency (I don't always keep to my self-imposed blogging deadlines).
4. I am an out-loud thinker and processor. Which many of my readers have discovered—I agree with you that I don't always know what I'm talking about.
5. I have discovered my passions through blogging and I have discovered what I'm not passionate about.
6. In blogging, I have learned more times than not that I fear man more than I fear God... I don't always write what I want to say—out of fear people will judge me.
7. More importantly, blogging has helped me grow in Christ. I wrestle with the big issues and the small issues of faith in my writing, and the end result is that I have been stretched and my walk with Jesus has become more authentic—it's not always pretty and it is very much a messy spirituality.
These are the reasons why I blog and will keep blogging.