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Having faith is like brushing your teeth

Lately, I have realized that it’s easier to talk about faith than practicing the same. Yet , however difficult it may seem, we can’t give up on faith for hope and faith alone can lead us to our destination. Keep going. Cry, complain, brood…when you wake up next morning, restore your faith no matter what.

Faith is very much like brushing your teeth.  You have to learn to renew your faith each day. You have to do it daily if you want a clean conscience.

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The juggler

The juggler stops in the middle of the plaza, pulls out three oranges and begins to toss them. People gather around marvel at the grace and elegance of his movements. “That’s what life’s like, more or less. We always have an orange in each hand, and one in the air.  But that one in the air makes all the difference.  It was thrown with ability and experience, but it follows its own course. Like a juggler, we throw a dream out into the world, but we don’t always have control over it. At times like that, you have to know how to put yourself in God’s hands – and ask that, in due time, the dream follows  its course  correctly and falls, completed , back into your hand”

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Prayers

In one of the prayers that Jesus thought us, it says, God’s will be done. When his will causes a problem, it also presents a solution.

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Boredom

Boredom is a hurdle placed by God to test your patience so just live through it and move on.

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Moments

There are significant moments in everyone’s day that can make literature.  That’s what you ought to write about.

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The right word

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightening and a lightening bug – mark twain

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Famous writers who were rejected

  • “This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don’t consider it rejected. Consider that you’ve addressed it ‘to the editor who can appreciate my work’ and it has simply come back stamped ‘Not at this address’. Just keep looking for the right address.” – Barbara Kingsolver
  • “I got a rejection letter from an editor at HarperCollins, who included a report from his professional reader. This report shredded my first-born novel, laughed at my phrasing, twirled my lacy pretensions around and gobbed into the seething mosh pit of my stolen clichés. As I read the report, the world became very quiet and stopped rotating. What poisoned me was the fact that the report’s criticisms were all absolutely true. The sound of my landlady digging in the garden got the world moving again. I slipped the letter into the trash…knowing I’d remember every word.” – David Mitchell
  • “Rejections slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil – but there is no way around them.” – Isaac Asimov
  • “I love my rejection slips. They show me I try.” – Sylvia Plath
  • “You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.” – Ray Bradbury
  • “Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  • “Every rejection is incremental payment on your dues that in some way will be translated back into your work.” – James Lee Burke
  • “Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.”  – Neil Gaiman 
  • “I discovered that rejections are not altogether a bad thing. They teach a writer to rely on his own judgment and to say in his heart of hearts, ‘To hell with you.’“ – Saul Bellow
  • “To ward off a feeling of failure, she joked that she could wallpaper her bathroom with rejection slips, which she chose not to see as messages to stop, but rather as tickets to the game.” – Anita Shreve 
  • “Often, you have to fail as a writer before you write that bestselling novel or ground-breaking memoir. If you’re failing as a writer – which it definitely feels like when you’re struggling to write regularly or can’t seem to earn a living as a freelance writer – maybe you need to take a long-term perspective.” – J.K. Rowling  
  • “Rejection has value. It teaches us when our work or our skillset is not good enough and must be made better. This is a powerful revelation, like the burning UFO wheel seen by the prophet Ezekiel, or like the McRib sandwich shaped like the Virgin Mary seen by the prophet Steve Jenkins. Rejection refines us. Those who fall prey to its enervating soul-sucking tentacles are doomed. Those who persist past it are survivors. Best ask yourself the question: what kind of writer are you? The kind who survives? Or the kind who gets asphyxiated by the tentacles of woe?” – Chuck Wendig.