“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dreams. Goals. Hope. Faith. Promise. Inspiration. It’s probably no secret that I’m a staunch believer in all of these things. After all, I start each post with song lyrics or a quote that speaks to me in some way. I have books filled with more of those quotes, shirts with inspirational sayings, plaques and tiles that dot my workspace and remind me to always dream big. And, as of two days ago, I also have the above plaque sitting right on my desk. I’ve loved that quote from the first time I saw it, and I was so, so excited to find this little tidbit of inspiration in a local Hallmark store (aka: best store ever). I couldn’t resist buying it – after all, what could serve as a better reminder when I sit down to write each day?
For me, this journey to becoming a published author has been all about faith. It’s been about taking that first step, even when the whole staircase isn’t in view. Maybe it’s even been about taking that first step because the whole staircase isn’t in view. I am not exactly the type of person who thrives on uncertainty. Possibility, yes, but uncertainty, no. I’ve always been a planner, but what these past few years have taught me is that sometimes it really is the unexpected, the unknown and the unplanned, that changes our lives the most. Taking that leap of faith and having hope that you’ll land on both feet isn’t just exhilarating. It’s inspiring. And sure, it’s also a bit scary – I’d be lying if I said otherwise – but when we “do it afraid” (thanks, Melinda!) it takes things to a whole new dimension. Do I know what I wish the next step on the staircase would be? Absolutely. Do I work every day to reach it? Without a doubt. A lot of it is out of my hands at this stage of the game, but I can see the beauty in that now. Things have a way of working out. We just have to have faith. I’ll keep that in mind as I wait to hear back from the agents who have requested material. I’ll keep that in mind as I continue querying. I’ll keep that in mind as I start brainstorming, plotting, and outlining the sequel to Reflections of Me (because, who am I kidding, I really can’t wait too much longer. I dearly miss those characters and am beyond excited about continuing their story!). In this writing journey and in all other aspects of my life, I’m going to keep taking one step at a time.
I have faith the staircase will be under my feet and that it’ll lead me exactly where I’m supposed to go.
How about you? Can you take that first step without knowing where the path may lead? Where do you want the staircase to take you?
(And, as a complete aside … Starbucks’ Double Chocolaty Chip = personification of amazing)