Inspiration to Keep Moving Forward

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One of my favorite quotes is from Pope John XXIII. He said: “Consult not your fears but your hopes and dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you have tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.”

Hopes and dreams. Unfulfilled potential. Possibilities.

Each day, I begin with reminding myself of the beauty of this life. I remind myself of my potential to share my words and my art with others and possibly to give joy to others through my words and my art. I prefer looking forward rather than looking back. In my drawing here, the person is walking forward and not looking back. (I love Van Gogh and this is my rough sketch based on his 1889 Sower (after Millet)).  In this sketch, I interpreted my own meaning to the artistic work, as well as using my own color scheme. Of course, art and its interpretation are in the eyes of the beholder. Therein lies the beauty and complexity of art. All these years later, Van Gogh’s art still brings the world joy. I couldn’t imagine that my art or my writing could ever have that sort of lasting impact. But, who knows?

Potential. Possibilities. Hopes and Dreams.

The future is so full of potential, so full of possibilities.

Never look back. Look forward with hope and your eyes firmly focused on your dreams.

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I am a published poet and short story writer. I have been published in SNHU's the penmen review. is the link where you can find my poetry and a short story. Previously, I self-published my novel "Bully Another Day," "Short Stories and Vignettes", and a poetry book "Spaces between the Pause" on Amazon/Kindle. Due to abysmal interest in my self-publishing venture, I have unpublished those three projects, as well as my poetry book "Life at the End of the Rainbow." However, I plan to be more aggressive in trying to find a traditional publisher for these projects.

2 thoughts on “Inspiration to Keep Moving Forward”

  1. This is a great message. Sometimes it’s hard to keep going forward, especially if you slip into a dark space. Writing posts like this not only build you up but those that read it. Keep writing and keep fighting.


    1. Thanks, Scott. I have written a memoir that is in my desk drawer. I am thinking about bringing it back out-it is about light at the end of a dark tunnel that took me quite awhile to find. Light is there at the end of the tunnel; we just have to trust that it is there. Keep moving forward. That is the only way to find our way out into the light.


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