With our founders having officially left the party… we are left with an empty Saturday. The Debs will be looking at different ways that we can use this time and to help us out this week is guest deb Diana Cosby.
I resolve not to . . .
When the topic of, “I resolve not to . . .” was given to me to write about for The Debutante Ball, I needed to understand the phrase in my very analytical mind. The American Heritage Dictionary defines resolve as:
re·solve (r¹-z¼lv“) v. re·solved, re·solv·ing, re·solves. –tr. 1. To make a firm decision about. 2. To cause (a person) to reach a decision. 3. To decide or express by formal vote. 4. To separate (something) into constituent parts. 5. To change or convert. 6. To find a solution to; solve. 7. To remove or dispel (doubts). 8. To bring to a usually successful conclusion.
Appreciating the various definitions, I nevertheless decided to write about resolve in relation to #7, to remove or dispel (doubts). And, as a person who believes positive thought and belief in self is critical, I will unapologetically twist the topic to, “I resolve to . . .” So, let me now begin.
I resolve to appreciate each day, the people I meet, to encourage each in their dreams to become whatever they may be. No person reaches success alone. Each step, each goal achieved, is one crafted with not only self-belief, but with belief from others.
Do you have dreams? How do you view them? Are they mythical, out of reach, or does a part of you believe they’re attainable? I firmly believe that dreams are visions of what we can become. Why doubt ourselves and our abilities? Each of us is given special gifts. They’re gifts because not everyone holds these capabilities.
Let’s look at your dream, and I mean really look at it. Write it down. Say it aloud, which puts it out in the universe. Now, what are your strengths? List them. Evaluate how each one could play a role in achieving your dream? Don’t worry that your dream is too big. One step at a time. Rome wasn’t built in a day. As well as your abilities, what about your friends? Your other resources? Each item you list empowers your dream, makes it seem more possible. Never doubt yourself, but persevere.
I remember when I retired from the Navy as a meteorologist/oceanographer that I’d always wanted to write. Until I retired, I’d never written. Then I booted up my computer and began. And you know what, I loved it. I was stunned by the depth to which I loved writing. I’ve always enjoyed reading and have done so since I was a teen, but it was a wild dream that I would one day actually pick up a pen and write.
But I did.
And I found my passion.
After ten years of writing, I’m honored and humbled to say that my first release, His Captive, is selling fabulously and receiving great reviews. My sincere thanks to everyone along the way who has believed in me and helped me. Also, thanks to the many readers who are indeed making my dream of a successful author come true. As I said above, no one does this alone. Now, another dream of mine is coming true, the second in the MacGruder series will be released in December 2008. Please check back to my website for details. Or better yet, join my newsletter for up to date news.
As eager as I am about the increased success with my writing career, this has allowed me to fulfill another dream, giving on a bigger level. An important factor throughout my life, whether through donation, guidance or hands-on help, has been making a positive difference in peoples lives. So, in addition to the excitement of selling my first novel, His Captive, a Scottish medieval romantic suspense, I will tithe ten percent of my royalties from each book to a charity of my choice.
The first charity I’ve chosen is The National Trust for Scotland, which acts as guardian of Scotland’s magnificent heritage of architectural, scenic and historic treasures. Without the National Trust for Scotland’s hard work in preserving Scotland’s history, much of my research for His Captive and the rest of the MacGruder series wouldn’t have been possible, and the history of a great country would be lost. I am still deciding on the charity for my second novel, but I’m narrowing the choice down. The destination of each tithing is very personal to me. The charity must touch me deeply with its work in changing people’s lives in a positive manner.
As with everything I do, I have goals. A dream goal is to be able to sell enough books to use a percentage to buy a working police dog for my local police department. That would be amazing! And if I let myself dream bigger, the tithing percentage would allow for the purchase of a new fire truck for the local fire department!!! I have a sincere and profound respect for our police and firemen. Each day they put their lives on the line to save others and to protect them from harm. As with the military, the men and women who work within their ranks as firefighters and policemen, truly are heroes. And I’ve allowed myself to dream even bigger, to be able to sponsor an entire home for Habitat for Humanity. How amazing would that be?
For me, it’s a blessing to be able to pursue my dream of writing. As I said above, as with everything in life, no one does anything alone. Along the way, many people in my life have inspired me, taken time out of their busy schedules to help and made a difference in my life. I firmly believe that what comes around goes around. Life is too short to accept to be anything than the best that you can be. I resolve to continue to help others believe in themselves. So, set goals, believe in yourself and aim for the stars as yes – dreams do come true.
Diana Cosby currently lives in Virginia, with her oldest son two-thirds the way through Marine Corps boot camp, and her daughter planning to attend college in the summer of 2008. After her husband, a U.S. Navy meteorologist/oceanographer and Iraq veteran, retires from the Navy in the summer of 2008, they will move to Texas with their youngest son who wants to be a meteorologist, where they will build their final home.
His Captive is on sale now, with the second book in the MacGruder series, yet to be titled, due out in December 2008. To learn more about Diana or to sign-up for her newsletter, go to her website at www.dianacosby.com.