November 12, 2020

Achieving Your Dreams 101

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 “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”-- James 1:4 (KJV)

 “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”-- James 1:20  (KJV)

I am not known for my great singing voice. In fact, during my college years, I was laughed off of two stages when I auditioned for musicals.  I have spent no time or money on improving my vocal skills, and it shows.

I play the piano more skillfully than I sing. I have devoted decades to practicing and performing on the piano.

I almost became a secondary teacher.  That was my college course of study. I have spent decades as a volunteer and professional educator.

My top ability is probably writing. Why? I love writing, and I’ve been working on that talent my whole life.  I enjoyed writing as a teen. I studied English in college. I’ve been blogging for about six years. I published a book, too.

Writing is my “crown”. It’s one of my favorite labels. It’s the ability to which I’ve devoted the most time and energy.


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Let’s talk about crowns. They don’t all look the same. They aren’t achieved in the same way. However, one characteristic is common: they’re hard to get. Here are some examples of how monarchs are created:

  • Wars/battles
  • Murders (even of close relatives)
  • Birth into the right family (What are the odds of that?)

America’s Got Talent

This is a variety-show competition. Some contestants work hard to gain their victory. These overcomers have spent years perfecting their craft. Other performers have spent little time, energy, or money on developing their skills—and it shows.

Darci  Lynne Farmer is one of the most charming ventriloquist/singers around She was the winner of Season 12. That took place in 2017, Darci’s 7th grade year.

How unusual was this?  Only two ventriloquists had previously won the talent contest. They were both middle-aged men with decades of experiences. Only one of them, Terry Fator, combines ventriloquism with singing.

Darci was a middle-school student at the time of her audition. She only had two years of ventriloquism experience under her belt. It’s no wonder executive producer, Simon Cowell, calls her one of the nicest, and most dedicated, people he knows.

Since the competition, Darci has toured and created a virtual show. She’s one busy young lady.

Please enjoy Darci’s jaw-dropping performance of George Gershwin’s “Summertime”. The adorable girl is joined by her favorite puppet, Petunia.

My Conclusion

 Quotes on Fighting for Success from

“How badly you want something dictates how hard you’ll work at it.”-- Anonymous


“You don’t get what you want. you get what you work for.”--Anonymous


“Dreams don’t work unless you do.”--Anonymous


“You have to fight to reach your dream. you have to sacrifice and work hard for it.”--Lionel Messi


And my quote for the day: “Success is not for unmotivated people.”


How hard are you willing to work for your crown?

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