This week, Becca has come up with a doozy of a prompt – simple yet oh-so-challenging:
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. ~Seneca
Or- to put it another way – what would you do if you knew you couldnâ€™t fail? Go skydiving? Become a doctor? Take up ballroom dancing or actingâ€¦hockey or figure skating?
Whatâ€™s your wildest writing dream? Penning the biggest blockbuster since The DaVinci Code? or winning the Pulitzer Prize for a finely crafted work of fiction? And whatâ€™s stopping you from going after it?
Sitting in my bottom desk drawer are the manuscripts of two short novels completed for NaNoWriMo in 2006 and 2007. In my more generous moments, I think of them as rather good stories. More often, I think of all the revision and shaping they would require and am overwhelmed at the difficulty of that task.
So difficult, the task of revising a novel. Where does one even begin?
Much too difficult, really.
I donâ€™t dare.
Yes, sitting here in my comfortable chair is safe and easy. But how often has it happened that, once ventured, much is gained. Where do I find the courage to open that drawer and make a start? What might happen if I did?
Many questions to consider, many dreams to ponder.
Can you make yours come true?
I dare you to try.
I have been trying to live my dreams out all this year, making them happen one step at a time. I resigned from my job, put my house on the market, and this weekend I am going to Virginia to begin looking at property. Wow! So exciting. All of this is because I need more space and time to write.
In fact, I need a lot more physical space – something about living in a townhome, as much as I like my house, makes me feel closed in. I want open rooms and lots of windows. I want fresh air to circulate through all the rooms, and I want to be able to walk – a lot.
So I have dared and stepped out in faith, knowing that doing what you have been called to do always works out. To get a little church-y on you, “All things work together for the good to them that love God and are called according to God’s purpose.” I have no job, no home as soon as mine sells, and honestly, I feel no anxiety – this is probably the biggest risk I’ve ever taken in my life, and I have no fear. In fact, I feel liberated and free in ways that I have never felt.
So I’m with Becca, step out, do what you dream, take those big risks. See what comes.
What would you do if you had no fears or limits? Tell me your dreams – really.