Monday, September 26, 2011

Goals and dreams


Today I answered a question about dreams. I've set goals throughout my life. Some were go to college and get a good job. With God's help I've accomplished this goal. I'm married to a wonderful man and am blessed with a great family.
My youngest son, Scott, began to play tennis four years ago. Many tennis players started when they were small children and played competetively for years before Scott ever picked up a racquet. He didn't let their comments deter him from his goal of being the best tennis player possible. Sure, he experienced down moments wishing he'd begun playing years earlier, but he persevered. He sacrificed a lot to learn his sport and make great strides.
At the point he graduated from high school he'd made it to the top ranks of USTA players in the state of KY. He's playing for Asbury University and still loving the sport.
Why am I telling you all of this? I began writing seriously a couple of years ago. When I feel down about my age and slow progress, I'm going to think about how hard Scott worked. I'll keep on writing and studying how to be a better writer and see where this dream takes me.

6 comments:

  1. That's the spirit Jackie. The lovely and talented Linda Kozar shared at our ACFW chapter meeting last month it takes an average of seven years to become published from when you 'start'. Some more, some less. We're in this for the long haul, and thank you for sharing Scott's story. It inspires me too!

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  2. Seven years, wow. I'm already making good friends like you which helps make the journey nicer.

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  3. When I get down about my age, I think of Michael Angelo and Grandma Moses! And I love the quote by Spurgeon: with perseverance even the snail made it to the ark.

    I don't care about being first; I just want to make it:).

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  4. Thanks so much for sharing that with us. I love it!

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  5. Jackie, somehow I missed this post. I think it's because God knew I'd need to see it this morning:) It is a long road, isn't it? Seems like it's so much easier to doubt yourself then to keep pushing on. Thanks for the encouragement this morning, I truly needed that push today!

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  6. Hey Susan, it's funny how God works that way.
    It is very easy to get discouraged. Hang in there, God has wonderful plans for you!

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