Monday I did an interview for an internet broadcast, the "Get Inspired Project." (http://getinspiredprojectboomers.com) The subject was...can you guess?...inspiration. This project is just launching its second year, this year focusing on boomers. So there I was.
I told them inspiration is the fire within. I told them grandiose thinking is good for people, negative thinking is safe but puts inspiration in a cage. I told them regrets are a waste of time. I told them all kinds of blah, blah, blah.
Then she asked me about success. I remembered the moment I got up the courage to read my first review. And I learned:
- Successes are precious. They keep the bogey man Negative Thinking away.
- Cherish them like fine diamonds. Bring them out and fondle them often.
- Collect them. Get out there and get as many successes as you can.
How to do that? Example: a friend of mine rescued a dog on Christmas eve and I wrote a story about it. I send it to the local Albuquerque paper and they loved it, plan to publish it next Christmas in the special animal section that comes out on Fridays. A small success, yes. But when the assistant city editor of a large city newspaper says she loved the piece, that is a kudo.
I have a weird essay on religion I may just send to the Atlantic. What the hell. And maybe I'll write some pieces for the Albuquerque paper, why not? And every little success is a crown jewel that I will keep in my mind's eye forever.