"Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic and power in it. Begin it now." ~ Goethe
But back to my point. If you've watched the show much this season, you've probably seen Scott McIntyre. He's visually impaired, and one of the most gifted musicians I've ever seen on the show. And when he performs, there is a genuineness and beauty that is difficult to describe with words. Now, I haven't picked any real favorites yet this season... it's too early for that... but I do have a tremendous respect and appreciation for Scott. So naturally, I took a look at his information the American Idol website. That's where I found the Goethe quote. It was listed as Scott's favorite quote.
I was immediately inspired and humbled.
"Boldness has genius."
"Begin it now."
I was challenged. Challenged to remove self-pity from my attitude. Challenged to stop dwelling on the things that aren't perfect in my life. Challenged to stop blaming the circumstances of my life for the fact that my dreams haven't been realized. Challenged to go after them boldly.
This young man, who is living what is probably the greatest dream of his life on American Idol, reminded me that the only thing holding me back for achieving my dreams is ME.
So tonight, I will open my manuscript for the first time in weeks. I won't think to myself how busy I am and how little time I have to write. I will open the manuscript and write. Even if it's only a few lines. I will make the time.
Because it's my dream.
And I will begin it now.