Pursuing your dreams without fear of failure.
Hi, I hope you are having a nice Spring. Like everyone else, the past year has been a challenge. We got back from Hawaii in early March 2020, when all the Covid restrictions went into place. Our hearts go out for those who have jobs or lost jobs and have children to take care of and no school to help. Like some of you, we are retired, so we have not had to cope with as much stress many others. We feel very blessed.
One of the questions Sue and I faced was how we would spend our time. Sue had lots of projects she wanted to tackle and I decided to put off my excuses for not pursuing my interest in writing.
I suspect that most of us have legitimate reasons for not pursuing our dreams. Many are quite legitimate. Not enough time is a real barrier to pursuing an ambition. Not enough resources is another. However, I suspect one important reason many have, is the fear of failure. “What if I’m no good at it?” “What will my parents and friends think?” “The last time I tried was a flop. I can’t take another one.”
Some of us may have vivid recollections of a parent or sibling telling us that no matter what we try, we won’t succeed. Maybe we have been unfavorably compared to a sibling, a school friend, a work companion. Words hurt, no matter who says them.
During Covid, I decided to try my hand at writing mystery novels. I love history and a good mystery novel, so I decided to write what I love to read. My conclusion is that only one opinion matters to me. It’s what God thinks. My faith told me that no matter whether my efforts were any good, I was still valued and loved, no matter my success or lack of it.
With that fact firmly established, I decided to take the leap. With no fear of failure, my time of writing this year had been an amazing blessing. Whether anyone reads my novels or even likes them is not a big issue to me now.
Of course, it would be nice if lots of people read my books and enjoyed them. Who wouldn’t be happy about that? But the joy of writing and creating has been worth the effort.
I finished eight novels during this last year, each set primarily in England. They range from the Victorian era to modern times and each is a mystery with history and romance to warm the heart. They are clean and not too long to make for an enjoyable reading experience. At least that’s what my wife Sue says. How could she be biased?
So, whether your dream is to make jewelry, become an artist, start a business, volunteer to help others, or any other dream, don’t hold back.
If you are a reader, or know someone who is, you can find my books on my website: mymysterynovels.com. If you want to get one, please leave a review on Amazon or Barnes and Noble etc. If you think they are terrible, that’s ok too.
Remember, God’s opinion is all that counts. Blessings, Chip Smith.