Start and Endure

Have any of you started something that you were really excited about? The initial excitement gives fuel to both your desire and your choice of time spent.

It's the planting of a seed. A seed has the power within it to produce something greater than its present self. A miracle really. To be able to grow into a plant hundreds of times its size. Not only that, but to produce hundreds more of those plants, generations down the line.

I am growing a garden. My purpose is not love of digging in the dirt, weeding, and getting sun. In fact, I'd just as soon do without the middle one on that list. I want the results. The fresh vegetables and the nutrition for my family that I know that come with it. After a long winter, that vision of fresh vegetables gives me the stamina to hoe through my garden, create a place for my plants, and plant the seeds.

I was doing very well at my garden. Raking it to prevent weeds, watering it when needed, etc. Then life hit full force with a myriad of tasks, responsibilities, and events that whirled through. The end of May happened. My garden got neglected, it grew weeds. Some of the plants didn't grow.

I think my book writing and blogging parallel this. I am very excited about the planting of my idea. The idea that it has the power to grow into something big. Then the weeds of life crowd in, demanding my time. My garden isn't dead. The plants our growing. In fact, the carrots are growing quite nicely. I need to spend some more time out there weeding. It needs a little attention. My book writing isn't dead. It is still growing and coming along, but it needs some attention.

Each day, the choices I make determine where I can go with my goals. Yes, life happens, but how I choose to confront what comes up will determine where I'll end up. Tasty vegetables or a few withered plants?

"Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions. The desires we act on determine our changing, our achieving, and our becoming." - Dallin H. Oaks

My desire is to write this book. I have other desires too that will be balanced with this, but it is still a priority. As far as my journey into book writing goes, the story comes first, then the blog. The story is coming along slowly but surely, I'll have you know.

"When we have a vision of what we can become, our desire and our power to act increase enormously." -Dallin H. Oaks

1 comment:

  1. Great message...I just neglected one of those exciting ideas tonight and sat down at the computer. I just read this post...I'm getting up again to just do it! Thanks! :)