Monday, February 4, 2013

Overcoming Adversity

Howdy do! Hope everyone had a swell Superbowl evening last night. I slept right through it. lol What can I say, never was a football fan. But anyway, today and tomorrow is the Overcoming Adversity blogfest hosted by Nick Wilford over at Scattergun Scribblings.


Click on the pic above to get to Nick's blog and read all the entries. Today's blogfest is special because it's for a great cause. Nick and his family are raising funds for his stepson to attend a specialist college. (And you should see how adorable Andrew is!) The posts today will be part of an anthology for this cause. How cool is that??

You can still hop on board and post your own as it continues through til tomorrow. Just add your name to the linky list on Nick's blog and have fun helping out with this very important endeavor. But first! Check out mine below.

The topic? A fictional piece on overcoming adveristy. Here's my humble addition:

The Fire


They told her she couldn’t do it. Everyone said it. Silent head-shaking, concentrated glares, even those who flat out said no. They insisted it wasn’t possible. A waste of time. Because she wasn’t good enough. She didn’t have talent. She wasn’t gifted.

She could’ve listened.

She might’ve believed them, and the truth was, it got easier to every time she heard it. I mean, how could she ever compete with the best of the best already out there? Her chances of success were slim, she knew that. And everyone she knew reminded her every time she mentioned her dream.

She could’ve listened.

When she thought about it, it was easy to see her place was not out there. It was buried away, apart from the superstars and winners—her place was alone, out of the public’s eye where she could live a simple, mediocre life. Even the voices in her head told her this.

She could’ve listened.

But there was something else. Something inexplicable! A fire that burned inside. They couldn’t see it. Only she knew it was there. It swelled like a lantern doused with fuel. Impossible to ignore. She tried to tell them the fire existed, but they told her to forget it. “The fire will fool you,” they said. “It isn’t real. Look past it, and know your place in the world. You’re just a girl. There are others more talented.”

She could’ve listened.

And she did.

But not to them. She listened to the fire inside. Embraced it. Made it work for her. She went out into the world and found others like her. They, too, had fire, and they understood. They taught her, and she, them. They taught her about the fire—told her it was drive, explained it’d always be there, and to ignore it, she’d never be whole. They told her she could do it—whatever she worked hard for. That even those without talent could learn. Those ungifted, could purchase it for themselves with perseverance, motivation, and will. They told her the fire would lead her. The fire in her heart.

She listened.

And she made her own dreams come true.    

Thanks so much for stopping by! This short piece--more like a poem--could apply to anyone for anything--does it sound familiar? Have you overcome adversity in some way? Adversity can come in many forms, as with the conflict in a story. Are you your worse adversary? Have you listened to the fire in her heart? Please share ....

32 comments:

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Oops! I totally missed that this was supposed to be fiction. Oh well!

I love this, Hrezo. Especially the line "She could've listened." Makes me glad I screwed up and didn't follow the rules. I couldn't have written anything as good as this. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's not the most talented - it's who wants it the most.
Hope it wasn't supposed to be fiction, as mine wasn't either.

SA Larsenッ said...

I hadn't been introduced to Nick yet; what an interesting name for a blog. Love that!

I really enjoyed this, PK. The feel of the piece is teasing and relenting. Nicely done. And yes, I've overcome many obstacles in my life; I'm sure I'll have more in my future. :)

Trisha F said...

Pretty sure Nick said that it could be fiction or your own story, or a story you want to tell (non-fiction), so nobody needs to panic! :)

Great post PK - I can totally relate to this, yes I can! I'm sure a lot of us in this community can. :)

Shelly said...

I'm glad she listened to the fire inside. Excellent post!

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly

Jay Noel said...

Great story. I'm off to purchase some FIYA!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, PK,

Thanks for the reminder. I hope to put something together later to submit. It is for a GOOD cause.

Loved this. So full of passion and realism.. Don't we ALL have this fire within us. I love the fact that you stressed the even the untalented or ungifted could learn or buy it... so true. I have seen many with little to know talent "make it" ... there is a LOT to be said for perseverance.

Annalisa Crawford said...

It's so easy to listen to the wrong voices. Great post!

Nick Wilford said...

Definitely nodding my head all the way through. I think you summed up how many a writer feels, or anyone trying to achieve a seemingly impossible dream. Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy, but taking the first step or keeping going when it seems hopeless is how we overcome that.

Excellent post! Thanks for taking part. And yes, all submissions are welcome - fiction, real life, poetry, etc etc. :)

Old Kitty said...

Wonderful!! Glad she listened - truly listened and overcame and how!!! Thanks for sharing!! Take care
x

Barbara Watson said...

'Listened to the fire inside.' Love that line. I needed that today.

E.J. Wesley said...

Ooh, I love it! Flows very poetically, I think. Plus, not to beat the horse, it fired me up. :-)

Nick is such a good guy, and I love reading all of the talented writer-bloggers who are helping him out. I think his collection is going to be a beautiful tribute to Andrew and a father's love.

Rebecca Green Gasper said...

This was great- very powerful message. I am loving this blogfest today. What great stories, both fiction and non-fiction. Best :)

Johanna Garth said...

This post made me start humming the Alicia Keyes song. "She's just a girl and she's on fire..."

Loved it!

Jennifer Ruth Jackson said...

Great post!

The goal of this bloghop is so cool. It's not easy going to college as a disabled person, even in America.

Al Diaz said...

That's my favorite kind of fire! :D

LTM said...

This is such a great bloghop!

And I LOVE your short story! Listen to the fire inside, not to them. AWESOME!

Great work, and so strong and well-written. <3 :o)

M. J. Joachim said...

Wow! You can't imagine how much I enjoyed reading this right now. It's powerful, positive, courageous and thoughtful...simply delightful! Thank you!

michelle said...

Your strong, passionate voice shines through here, and everybody can identify with the message in this post.
I also touched on the concept of fire...

Yes, I've overcome lots of obstacles in my life... fought back and persevered... beat the overwhelming odds stacked against me... refused to curl up and die...

Kelley Lynn said...

What a great post. Just keep fighting our fight.

DL Hammons said...

That was really great, PK! A perfect addition to Nick's blog hop! :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

"Those ungifted, could purchase it for themselves with perseverance, motivation, and will."

I LOVE this! Post it note worthy. I think I will "borrow" this. It works well for my IWSG post tomorrow...don't worry, I'll keep all the glory for myself...just joking!!

David P. King said...

Wait, the Superbowl was last weekend? #facepalm* Better find out who won.

Loved your piece. The tone pulled me in deep from the start. :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Love this poetic piece! The fire within is definitely worth listening to, especially when we find others who encourage us!

M Pax said...

Drive is a beautiful thing. I loved your story, PK. Thanks for sharing it.

My husband will probably never watch the football with me again. My favorite ad was Calvin Klein, I talked a really long time about man boobs, then I came up with several conspiracy theories about the power outage.

fOIS In The City said...

PK, it is the "fire" that lights up our souls that shines through during the best and worst ... and the light that guides us through adversity.

Norma Beishir said...

Love your excerpt, PK!

I'm not much of a football fan, either. I record the Super Bowl, then run it in fast forward, stopping only for the commercials!

Madeline Jane said...

Love it! If you trust in yourself, others will trust in you, too. There will be people who believe, and those who don't. Never listen to the nonbelievers. :)

jamieayres.com said...

I think I am my own worst adversary. It's hard to put yourself out there. But there comes a point in every writer's life where you must realize God gave you a gift, and are you going to let Him lead you to use your book as a gift to the world to empower people, or are you going to hide it? Yes, some people will hate your writing. But it doesn't mean your book sucked, it just means that book wasn't meant for them:-) After I realized that, I finally had the faith to go from writer to author. Thanks for another encouraging post:-)

Sally said...

Don't let the others grind you down. Great post and so true but also difficult to do.

Donna Yates said...

Oh, I loved the whole 'listened to the fire inside. Embraced it.'

William Kendall said...

Excellent vignette, PK!