“If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never.”
– Soren Kierkegaard
Writers. I want you to tattoo this quote on the inside of your eyelids. Brand it on your frontal lobe. Record it on a tape and play it while you sleep.
You have chosen a difficult path. A path full of a lot of “No Thank You, but Thank You Anyway” and a lot less full of “Yes Please, and Thank You!”
You wonder, is this good? Will people like it? Will they like me? Am I spot on? Have I missed the mark? But you know what it so lovely about all of those doubts? The possibility that lies behind them.
Every morning, we wake up to a potential world full of “Nos” …people are waiting to stomp us flat. But with every no, there is a yes lying in wait. That yes may not present itself for months, years, maybe never. But it’s there somewhere. And that chance is worth everything that we do every day.
You may get your “Yes” day. And it will be a well deserved day. A day to celebrate. But I guarantee you, that you’ll look forward to another “No” so that you can seek out those hidden possibilities that a “Yes” can’t give you.