This morning I was reminded of a quote from Demosthenes
(384 BC - 322 BC), a Greek orator & politician in Athens, Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises and it got me thinking about the small opportunities which are presented to each and every one of us. These opportunities come to us in many different ways, shapes, and forms, but they mean nothing unless we take action.
Almost a year ago I had a funny, I should write a book, thought come to me. At first I laughed it off and even joked about it with a friend because I know nothing about writing a book. The thought came back to me several times within the week, and I spent plenty of time thinking countless defeatist thoughts about my abilities (or lack thereof) in writing a book; that’s a lot of work, I probably don’t have a chance at being published, I would never be as good as this author, just because I like to read doesn’t mean I would be a good writer, and (my absolute favorite) I have nothing to write about.
While I was busy thinking these negative thoughts I happened upon an idea for a book, and almost instantly my thoughts went from I can’t write a book to why not write a book. Without a clue of how to write a book or where to even start I jotted down notes, pages and pages of notes, until a story started to form in front of my eyes. Now I’ll admit that it wasn’t a great story when I started, but I found that I really enjoyed writing it so I kept at it. I took classes at the local community college, I attended writing seminars, joined writers groups, signed up for online workshops, and picked up several books on writing; anything I could do to get immersed in the writer’s sphere.
A little creativity and a whole lot of initiative developed a small opportunity into a great enterprise. No my book is not finished yet, but I continue working at it and I can’t wait for the day I can share it with others. I encourage each of you to take advantage of the small opportunities that come before you and don’t be afraid to challenge yourself to do something new or different.
Lisa Heartman writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels.