Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Passion vs. Success

All I would tell people is to hold onto what was individual about themselves, not to allow their ambition for success to cause them to try to imitate the success of others. You've got to find it on your own terms.
~ Harrison Ford

Lately I have been struggling with my writing: "What should I be writing about? What do I have to say? Who cares? Look at what she is doing--I can't write like that." So, I end up not writing at all. Sigh.

Maybe I am letting my "ambition for success" get in the way of my passion. I need to write because...well, I need to write. Truth is, some of it will never be read by anyone but me and that's okay. Mostly I need to write because the words roll around in my head and I get mentally constipated if I don't.

So, I am breaking the suction. Right here. Right now.

What is your passion? What are you avoiding that would make you happier if you did it? Who are you comparing yourself to in a way that makes you smaller?

Sometimes no one else matters. What is it that you need to do for you?

Wanda Tucker


sar_girl said...

As for comparing yourself to others or not thinking you are good enough....I always tell my kids that it is better to be hated for who you are than loved for who you aren't. Don't struggle to be like anyone or think anyone is better than you are.

graceonline said...

Wanda, I have tears in my eyes reading this--that you stop yourself writing.

I check your blog often and am always delighted when I find a new posting.

I so admire your ability to say a lot with few words.

I admire your common sense and your passion--what a great combination!

Add to that list your courage to bring your doubts to these pages. Thank you for saying out loud what so many of us feel.

Here is a quote from the dancer Martha Graham. I keep this above my desk at work, and read it when I feel that I have too little to contribute to the wonderful little company I work for.

There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost.

Hungry souls need your words, Wanda.

Wanda Tucker said...

I am honored and blessed by your response. Thank you so much. My heart is full.