Endurance versus speed

When I read Jennifer Hudson’s response to the recent culmination of American Idol, I was surprised to learn that the obviously talented, now accomplished singer, finished seventh in her competition year. What was more important, though, was her reaction to not getting the prize.

“I still have my gift” she told herself. “…I’ll just have to sing my way out of it”. This philosophy resonates so deeply with my own at present. The title Writeathlon, of course mirrors the concept of the triathlon of sports, in which the competitor has to endure three different gruelling races to get to the finish line. It is a test of stamina and endurance rather than of speed. It’s a race in which after giving all you’ve got in one leg, you have to give it all again for a second and a third time; a race in which one finish line is just another starting point and one win counts for nothing until the end.

Thus, in my journey as a writer, I concentrate not simply on getting to my goal as quickly as possible. But, on staying for the long run, putting on new gears when needed and seeing every challenge as just a fragment of the whole. Counting each completed task as a victory  and realising that one success opens up the way for a new and different one is quite appealing.

The truth is, everybody aims to win the race. But, in a long distance one like a marathon- and indeed, triathlon- there are many winners. Not all may get the same prize but the very completion of the race is, in itself, a victory. The same is true for me. What I value more than stardom or quick success, is the commitment to the task, development of the discipline and the sustained progress to my ultimate end.

 

For the motherless children

Yesterday was a special day for mothers and children alike for one is non-existent without the other. I was inspired to write this piece, though, for a child who recently lost her mom.

Un-Happy Mother’s Day

On “Happy Mother’s Day”

I try

to understand

why

my tears

refuse to cease;

how

broken-hearted, I

refuse to eat;

what

is a child

supposed to do

when

swiftly taken

from my life, you went;

who

I should tell

on Mother’s Day,

“I love you Mom!”

Where

forever, now, are you?

And, is Mother’s Day

unhappy there too?

First blog post

Writing is hard work that requires discipline effort and consistency. But, it can be quite rewarding. I started this blog to create an avenue to share my thoughts. But, more so, to accomplish the goal of attaining lucrative home employment. That is the winning point for me as I am blessed with the opportunity to care for a special needs child, and I want to do so to the best of my ability.

After being employed- as both a registered nurse and teacher- for over twenty years, I look to my hobby, now for an easier way to simultaneously provide and care for my daughter. I have written just for fun for longer than I’ve worked. So, now I want to make writing my new job.

I plan to publish songs, poems and books that I have written- and continue to write. And, also to give opinions on topical issues. I would most likely have a health segment, focusing on congenital illnesses and the right of the child; family issues and women’s health.

I would try to make it interesting and current, so enjoy!