Tuesday, January 9, 2018

THE POWER OF BELIEF


                   "BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, AND YOU WILL
                                BELIEVE IN YOUR BOOK."


     That may sound trite to some or others will say, "Of course I believe in my book." There may be some who might think, "I like my book, but I am not sure it is any good." For me, I cannot put my name to something if I do not believe it is the best of the very best. 

     It took me a while to believe in myself. I was raised in a family where such phrases as good job, you are talented, or I am proud of you were not spoken. Friends and even strangers who saw my potential helped be to believe in my writing as well as some other skills. I learned from Norman Vincent Peale's magnificent book, "The Power of Positive Thinking" that we must believe in ourselves. We must not let negative actions or thoughts of others influence us.

     Who do you look to for guidance? Who do you trust? I wrote a blog on my other site (www.outshineovariancancer.blogspot.com) on March 18, 2016 titled "Who Packs Your Parachute?" The message is about who we believe in, trust, or follow? Who or what brings you peace? Who or what protects you? Who guides you? I invite you to read that blog and think about who packs your parachute?

     I look up to two people who have believed in themselves and gone through some very difficult times. One is my grandmother Edith, who married at the age of fifteen not finishing her ninth grade of school. After three children and now living 2,000 miles away from her hometown she is left alone when her husband unexpectedly abandons her. She scraped by working as a library assistant. Fifty years later she retired from that same job and raised her children to be productive and self-sufficient adults. She hand-wrote her family history in great detail. She gave each of her four granddaughters copies. I marvel at her tenacit, research, and writing stories about those relatives she knew. She believed in her capabilities and I never heard her complain. She had a strong spiritual faith on which she relied.

      My adopted aunt Arleigh another person I deeply admire. I met her when I was sixteen and was a very troubled and frightened teenager. She married young and soon found herself divorced with only a small part-time secretarial job in Canada. She moved to Hollywood, California and worked for Capitol Records working her way up the ladder to private secretary for Frank Sinatra and Sammy Cahn, the songwriter. She also never complained but always had a smile and a nice thing to say. Just like my grandmother she had a strong spiritual faith.

    Both of these ladies believed in themselves and taught me to do the same. If we do not believe in the high quality of our book or our gift as an author, how can we expect anyone to buy our book? Here are some quotes by well-known authors that I find inspirational:

Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.
– Ayn Rand


I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly.
– Edgar Rice Burroughs


Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.
– William Faulkner


Writing is its own reward.
– Henry Miller

My thanks to Famous Writing Quotes) for the above quotations. http://www.writersdigest.com/writing-quotes

11 comments:

  1. A good reminder and great way to start off the year. Teaching someone to believe in themselves is a wonderful gift and it is a gift you need to give yourself, too. I love the quotes and reading about your grandma and your adopted aunt. I think you do need to get to the point where you believe in your book, good point. As for who I trust, I think the single most important for me-- is me and my higher power.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. D.L., I so appreciate your comment and I most certainly agree about your trusting your higher power.

      Delete
  2. Your grandmother and your aunt sound like they were amazing people, believing in themselves, guided by faith and beating the odds. My parents were the ones who made me believe in myself and my writing abilities, and I had a lot of encouragement from teachers through the years.

    We do need to believe in ourselves and put forth our best efforts as the two ladies you highlighted above certainly did.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I wish more people realized how much impact their words or actions have on those around them. We each need a positive role model, encourager, and honesty. You are fortunate to have such parents.

      Delete
  3. Such an inspirational post, Karen. Thanks so much for sharing! xo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for visiting the site and sharing your impression. It is appreciated.

      Delete
  4. Loved this inspirational post Karen. You were blessed to have such strong and influential women in your life to lead the way for you to learn and grow from. :) x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I was very blessed to have them in my life because I did not receive such encouragement or support from my parents. Glad you stopped by.

      Delete
  5. Hello Karen! Inspiring post. You've had some very impressive women in your family. Love the quotes at the end too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. These two women in particular have had a big impact on me. I am most grateful to them.

      Delete
  6. Karen, this post is such an inspiration. Believing in ourselves sometimes is the hardest thing we can do. But, you said something at the start of this post that really resonated with me..."I cannot put my name to something if I don't believe it's the best of the very best..." Love it!

    ReplyDelete