With a month to go before spring raises its lovely head. I’ve been taking stock. My husband, Robert, and I just got back from touring Machu Picchu and a trip around the Horn of South America, so it’s been a good time for reflection.
I was all set to self-publish my novel, but met an outstanding author on the cruise, who put me in touch with her agent, also outstanding. So, I pitched my novel to her. She was intrigued and wanted to see my manuscript. Now, I’m waiting for her to get back to me. Hurry up and wait. The nature of the biz.
Meanwhile, I’ve completed the first draft of my baba’s story and need to start pitching that one as well. It takes place between 1915-1929, in what is now Ukraine. So, of course, the battles there have kept me glued to the TV. My heart goes out to all Ukrainians who are hoping for a better life.
I’ve also been fortunate to audition for a couple of wonderful projects, one, a movie of the week, the other, a pilot for a new TV series. It’s been a chance for me to brush up on my acting. Carol Rosenfeld’s wonderful book, Acting and Living in Discovery, has been a big help.
Besides all that, I’ve been watching the Olympics and learned once more what it takes to be successful in any field. Surprisingly, the athletes who failed to get a medal taught me more about success than those who got one. Most of us know that to achieve any goal it takes passion, perseverance, and hard work. And even with that, you can still fail at getting what you want. I saw athletes fall or make an error—due to nerves, a nick in the ice, or a skier or speed skater falling down in front of them. Yes, they failed to get on the podium, but I also saw them pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and keep going. It’s heroic.
To do your best at whatever you try is worth celebrating. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.” Also, better to have tried and lost, then never to have tried at all.
Our human potential is boundless. We are all more than we think. What do you think?
- Philip Seymour Hoffman – A Brilliant but Tortured Artist
- Ukraine and the Russian Bully