Finding Courage to Follow your Dreams
by Joanne Troppello
I recently came across this quote by Sidney Smith and it really struck a chord within me. "A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage."
This quote makes me wonder how many books that could be written are never written. How many inventions are in the inventor’s mind but do not find their way to an invention for lack of courage? How many dreams are never realized because we are afraid? Are we wasting away our talents?
Lack of courage is something that has held me back in the past and I still struggle with it, but I’m trying to get a handle on it. Trusting in God that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me has been helping me to find that courage to achieve my dreams. Recently, I have stepped out in faith to start making devotional videos and whiteboard animation videos for the PBG YouTube channel. It took courage to learn the animation software when I am not a very technical-minded individual. It took courage to record myself sharing a devotional and inspirational message. I am more of a wallflower and don’t like to be the center of attention. However, after stepping out the last few weeks, I have gained more confidence and know I am heading in the right direction for the magazine and for my career.
I agree with Scarlett O’Hara, that “after all…tomorrow is a new day.” No matter what happened yesterday or if today is not going exactly as you planned, keep your chin up and be courageous in your heart because the sun will come up again.
I received an encouraging email from a reader saying that she loved how one of my characters exhibited such strong faith throughout the story. She enjoyed reading the journey of how another character lost her way and then found the road back to a strong faith in God. It’s awesome to know that one of my books has encouraged a reader. It helps to keep me going, knowing that my words can inspire others.
The other day, just when I needed to hear it, one of my husband’s cousins posted on my Facebook page to keep giving status updates on my book because he loves to hear when family members are doing well and that I’ve been giving God the glory. He was encouraged by me, but I felt even more encouraged by what he wrote. Sometimes as authors, it’s very lonely; especially when you don’t always get feedback and know if your work is making a difference in this world.
If you have an encouraging story to share about your writing journey or another aspect of your life, please share it. I feel that it is so important for authors to stay connected with fellow authors—and for people to connect and uplift each other.
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Pandora's Box Gazette.
She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, internet and media, travel and lifestyle, website content, app recommendations, and content for blogs.