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Two Paths

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“Are you a born writer? Were you put on earth to be a painter, a scientist, an apostle of peace? In the end the question can only be answered by action.
Do it or don’t do it. It may help to think of it this way. If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don’t do it, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself. You hurt your children. You hurt me. You hurt the planet.

You shame the angels who watch over you and you spite the Almighty, who created you and only you with your unique gifts, for the sole purpose of nudging the human race one millimeter farther along its path back to God.

Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution.

Give us what you’ve got.” 

[From Steven Pressfield’s book, The War Of Art].

Since reading this excerpt a couple of weeks ago, it’s been swirling around in my brain. See, life at the moment for me is kind of at a crossroads and there are literally only two paths I can choose:

Path 1: Putting action to the dream; that one thing that keeps me up at night and gets me excited about the future. But the only problem is that I have no idea what step to take next.

Path 2: Doing something temporarily that will help my present, but not necessarily the future.

Pressfield’s quote really challenged me when thinking about these paths.

Why? Because my one fear in life is leaving this world with the wrong imprint. I don’t want to go through life writing a story that’s not meant to be written by me. And heck, I don’t want to live an insignificant life.

I know what I have to do. Do you?  What’s your contribution going to be in this world? Don’t let us down. We need you.