Nothing in this world can take the place of Persistance.
Talent will not; nothing is more commonplace than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistance and Determination alone are omnipotent.
– Calvin Coolidge
Isn’t that a wonderful messsage? Persistance is the key. You might not be the most talented, a genius, have the “right” education… but none of those things in itself is the key to success. It is true isn’t it? So when we tell ourselves that we don’t have what it takes to reach our dreams, when we compare to others and say “I don’t have the education” or “They are so much more talented,” we need to stop and remember this message:
“Persistance and Determination alone are omnipotent.”
And continue working onward, upward toward our dreams.
P.S. Today is one of those “out of the blue” blog posts, that I find myself drawn to writing instead of what was planned. Maybe I’ll be inspired to write about Oktoberfest tomorrow. 🙂
Ah, summer. A time of grassy green fields and abundant flowers. A time of heat and humidity; long, lazy days exploring the world. This image is a summer vacation image, from outside of Amsterdam last year. I love the peaceful, country feel of it. Don’t you just want to find a patch of grass under a shady tree near here and enjoy the afternoon? Maybe with a book along, a cool drink and of course, a camera. That is happiness.
Summer is also the time of vacations, and we are going on one yet again. Tonight we leave for a week in Switzerland, so I’ll be disappearing from here for a bit while I go capture new images of new places. I love it! So much creative fuel. I’ve scheduled a couple of posts for next week so check back – or sign up for the site feed if you haven’t already, since that’s the easiest way to get updated when there are new posts.
Until I’m back, happy travels to all!
Why share this photo of a windmill in Sloten, Netherlands, with this message? No idea! It’s just what came to me today as I looked at what image to post. I am working on bringing awareness and exploration into my everyday life, similar to what I experience on my travels, and what inspires my photography.
What might this image or these words inspire you to do? I am curious. You don’t have to answer this today. Archive it away, and let me know someday.
One amazing lesson from this journey I am on through Europe and life – Beauty is everywhere around us, we only have to see it. We only have to stop and notice. In our hurried, everyday lives do we do that?
I didn’t, until I completely uprooted myself and my family and moved across the ocean temporarily.
I didn’t, until I started carrying a camera everywhere and noticing more about the world around me in a different way.
I didn’t, until I started sharing what I found with others and recognizing the amazing joy that sharing beauty can bring.
All of these things have made me “see” in a different way. Helped me see beauty everywhere, in so many ways.
Is something beautiful if no one notices it? Our American (English?) saying, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” has been used to mean that beauty is completely personal. But does it also mean that it requires a person, a beholder, to see it and name it beautiful?
If so, we have a big job! We have so many things around us to find beautiful. I encourage you to make something beautiful today, just by seeing it. Notice what is around you. You don’t need the move to the foreign place to change your viewpoint like I did, learn from me.
(Image is a stair railing of a townhouse in Amsterdam.)