Success, Failure and the Desire to Keep Creating

I’m writing in the dark here, in the silence between your comments. I no longer know if you’re an old friend, a new visitor, a homemaker, a life coach, a writer, a blogger, a former blogger or someone who knows me ‘in real life’ and has found me on Google.  One thing I do know: if you subscribed here years ago and you’re reading this in your feed reader, you’re someone who enjoys the magic of connecting through words, of capturing and sharing the fragments of feeling that make a patchwork life. You’re a creator, a carer, someone who wants to touch hearts and make a difference in the world.

I’m guessing there have been dark moments when you’ve asked yourself why you carry on creating, when you’ve wrapped yourself up in a blanket of self doubt, rejection, comparison, frustration and fear and been tempted to stop reaching out, to stop creating, because creation and connection crack open your heart and keep you vulnerable and open to the world. That’s why I thought you might like Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest TED talk.

“For me, going home meant returning to the work of writing because writing was my home, because I loved writing more than I hated failing at writing, which is to say that I loved writing more than I loved my own ego….” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert


What guides you home to yourself?  ~ Janice


  1. That quote is wonderful. I’m copying it and putting it in my quote folder. It is so valuable to anyone who does creative work. I know I’ve struggled with EGO a lot. I guess we all do to varying degrees. But like the quote, if I really feel it, writing for me is a love. It’s only when ego tells me I SHOULD be published or be a better, more accomplished writer that I struggle.

    When I’m in the process of writing, all that goes out the window. It’s the dance between the characters and the story I want to tell. It’s the puzzle of seeing if I can tell it in a set amount of words. I lose track of time when I write and my worries, concerns and all the junk in my head disappears into coaxing the words to come together. Writing has always been a part of my life. It is what guides me home creatively.

    So, Elizabeth Gilbert’s words, “I loved writing more than I hated failing at writing…” touch my soul. Thank you for this post, Janice:~)
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    1. You have no idea how happy it makes me when a quote or a post connects. Thank you. I was about to close my laptop and walk away from blogging – again – when I stumbled across this video and it brought me back to my brave, authentic self. I hoped it would land and comfort someone’s soul like it did mine.

  2. Hi Janice .. Elizabeth Gilbert on TED I’d love to listen to .. and I will .. she’ll be here for me to access and I’m sure you’ll refer to her again.

    I’m glad you’re not walking away from blogging and being there for us with your insights into life … its goodness, its challenges, life itself recreating and creating once again .. that is life and we all need to look at things from different perspectives …

    Constantly we’re challenged in all sorts of ways … with thoughts – Hilary
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  3. Thank you. Having a few good folk in the boxes is all I need to keep going. If you ever do get the chance to check out Elizabeth Gilbert’s other TED videos, the 2009 one was brilliant. I used to have it on my blog, but the link doesn’t work now.

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