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“At one time I thought the most important thing was talent. I think now that — the young man or the young woman must possess or teach himself, train himself, in infinite patience, which is to try and to try and to try until it comes right. He must train himself in ruthless intolerance. That is, to throw away anything that is false no matter how much he might love that page or that paragraph. The most important thing is insight, that is … curiosity to wonder, to mull, and to muse why it is that man does what he does. And if you have that, then I don’t think the talent makes much difference, whether you’ve got that or not.”
~ William Faulkner
“There are as many worlds as there are kinds of days, and as an opal changes its colors and its fire to match the nature of a day, so do I.” ~John Steinbeck
One thing I have learned is that there is one constant in life and that is change. We all experience changes that occur by choice or by chance, they can be positive and enrich us, often, when thrust upon us; they knock us down and scare us to our core but ultimately, they change us by teaching us more about our strengths and ourselves.
Change can be difficult, but it is inevitable, what matters the most is how we face it. Are you in the midst of change? What positive lessons are rising to the surface? What would you like the outcome to be? What can you do to help yourself reach that outcome? How are you changing? Reflect and write.
“In going where you have to go, and doing what you have to do, and seeing what you have to see, you dull and blunt the instrument you write with. But I would rather have it bent and dull and know I had to put it on the grindstone again and hammer it into shape and put a whetstone to it, and know I had something to write about, than to have it bright and shining and nothing to say, or smooth and well-oiled in the closet, but unused.”
“A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others.”
~ William Faulkner