Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Find your passion.

It seems that, as humans, we can’t help but compare ourselves to others.  
  • His plots are so well constructed
  • Her character development is so much better than mine
  • He makes more money
  • She has more speaking engagements…..
  • And on and on.  
Whenever we make those comparisons we put ourselves in a no win situation.  

There will always be someone better at something.

The key is to find our passion, to live that passion and to be true to the gifts that are uniquely our own.  You are perfectly equipped to be you.  No one else in this world can smile your smile, think your thoughts or walk your walk nor can you smile, think or walk like another. 

I have a friend that I always say has the life I would like to live.  She lives in NYC, brings home a 7 figure paycheck and travels the world.  But if you really put me (the me that is really me) in her place nothing would fit.  I cannot be her and she cannot be me. 

As a new year approaches I challenge each of you to reflect on your gifts, your talents and your special essence.  Ring in the new year committed to being the best that you can be….and enjoy the world that you create. 

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” 
Dr. Seuss

Happy New Year.

Martha Swirzinski, M. A. 


Mary Jo Guglielmo said...

A great reminder that we need to focus on our own heart and not compare ourselves to others.

Karen Cioffi said...

Great point, Martha. This is so important to remember as a writer. Each of us has our own strengths and weaknesses - our own ability to put forth effort and time.

Four important factors are to learn the craft of writing, write, submit, and persevere.

Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing

elysabeth said...


Thanks for sharing this wonderful post. It really hits home when we try comparing ourselves to others, knowing we will never measure up to what they are and they are probably thinking the same thing about us. Every once in a while I want to be someone but for now, I think I'll be happy with the life I have and the thinks I can do and give to the world as my gifts. E :)

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"The Proposal" (an April Fools Day story), a humorous romance ebook
"The Tulip Kiss", a paranormal romance ebook

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Nancy Thompson said...

That's a great way to look at things.

Heidiwriter said...

Wonderful post! Thanks for reminding us of perspective!

Martha said...

Now if I can only practice what I preach :-)

T. Forehand said...

I love this, so often the message is marketing, producing a product for the cash, yada yada. It is refreshing to refocus and go back to writing and finding our passion.

Author The Cancer Prayer Book
The ABC's of Cancer According to Lilly Isabella Lane- 2012

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post. I'm definitely guilty of comparing myself and my writing to others.

anthony stemke said...

Great attitude, You express the best way to look at things.

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