I must admit, I enjoy watching singing contests on the television (only reputable ones). Not to listen to the singing per se but to listen to the judges’ comments. Quite often I do have a rant at the TV when a judge is unnecessarily derogatory, a sign of weakness on their part if you ask me, but last Saturday I was impressed by what one of the judges said to a young contestant who didn’t make the cut.
He told her she could sing well and not to be disheartened she didn’t make it through on this occasion. He explained that all artists and creatives are rejected at some point and success depends on what you do with that ‘no’. He also told her creative work is very subjective and quite often timing plays a pivotal role in whether or not something or someone is accepted – so true.
I gained a new respect for this artist – goofy hat and all. He really encouraged this young singer to follow her dreams, learn from the experience and plough forward. Her face beamed as she walked off the stage – the disappointment replaced with inspiration and motivation.
In my mind, there is nothing more rewarding than being able to inspire and encourage others to achieve their goals. I have been blessed throughout my various careers with trusted people who have been an inspiration to me – I haven’t always liked what they've said but in the end, after following their wise advice, everything turned out for the better.
On the writing front, February’s targets are on point. My new novella, Words on Pages: A Mossfield Hills Mystery, is shaping up nicely.
Is there a particular person you find inspirational? How’s your writing going? Working on anything new that you’d like to share?