Blogging Challenge

I joined The Ultimate Blogging Challenge on June 30.

I was supposed to post every day in July, but because of all the heatwave stuff happening, I didn’t post the first three days.

To make up for it, I need to post extra a few days. I’ve also promised a guest post to someone this month, so I really better get writing. 🙂

Yesterday, I was asking for direction from my readers. One of the things I said was that there’s already a lot of other information on Tarot and Oracle card reading out there, and I was having problems seeing what I could add to the cacophony.

Picture from Pixabay

Today, I see this quote:

“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best” – Henry Van Dyke

Well, doesn’t that put me in my place.

And the funny thing is, I know this. I’ve advised people on this, frequently.

I know I can’t sing. I sing along to songs I like anyway.

I’m sure I’m not the best dancer, but when I feel like dancing, I do it.

I’m encouraging a friend to write regularly, even though he thinks he’s not as good as authors he reads.

It’s not about being the best in the world. It’s about doing something you want to do – pursuing something you feel the need to do, whether or not you get recognition from the world.

And maybe your (my) unique voice can reach someone, help someone.

What do you like to do? What holds you back from doing it?

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4 comments on “Blogging Challenge
  1. I don't let ANYTHING hold me back anymore, but for a long time, it was fear of failure, fear of success, fear of what other people would think, fear of… well, all sorts of things.

    Now? I'm turning myself into an advocate for authentic self-expression and living consciously created lives!

    When it comes to Tarot, there is never too much information. Your perspective maybe just what a new reader needs to make it really click before they give up on themselves as a Tarot reader!

  2. Many, many years ago, back when I had a computer but no spreadsheet program on it (I know, don't fall over in shock), I wrote a BASIC program to mimic the calcs of a spreadsheet I'd seen (1985 Bill James Baseball Abstract, an early iteration of a career projection thing. The now famous Nate Silver's development of PECOTA is an evolution of that early spreadsheet). I never sent my spreadsheet to Bill James or the good people at a startup called STATS that had offices just down the street from my grandparents where I was spending the summer. Why? Because I didn't think it was “good enough”. It worked, but it wasn't all “prettified”. I focused on what it didn't have rather than what it did.

    I sometimes wonder how different might life would have been had I sent that on.

    Granted, everything's turned out pretty well and all, but even there…I can't tell you how many times I've done something at my current gig and thought “this? This is nothing. ANYBODY can do this!”, only to other people it's a Big Deal, which means that I don't have to sit on streetcorners selling pencils and living in a van down by the river.

    Do what you enjoy doing. Do it as well as you can. Don't be afraid to do it. realize that sometimes it won't work out well. Yeah, yeah, you've heard it all before. I've learned the hard way that if I *DON'T* do something I won't succeed, but if I do…I might. I know, I could fail, to.

    Fear of failure. Kept me from going out with many girls in my youth, among other things. Thank god I got over it, otherwise I would be with my wife now.

  3. Thank you, Gwynne! I've been admiring your purple hair for some time now. 🙂 I love what I've seen from you so far.

  4. Shocked, shocked I tell you, that you didn't have a spreadsheet! But not surprised that you created one.

    🙂

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