Marcella Kampman

Author of Inanna, Goddess of Love: Great Myths and Legends from Sumer



Posted by marcellakampman on May 8, 2012 at 2:35 PM






"It's all about seizing the day."


Today I wanted to share with you a great 'funny' I found several years ago. This particular little story has saved my life, well, at least my sanity and my sense of ha ha over the years. Perhaps one day it may even save yours. Enjoy!


 It was well known that an all-knowing, all-seeing guru lived on top of the highest mountain. Now a young, aspiring writer learned of this guru, and wanted to learn from this wise old man the secret of success, the secret to becoming the most successful writer in the world. And so the aspiring author climbed the mountain and asked the guru, "Where can I find success"?


 The guru merely pointed off in the distance, and the aspiring writer charged off in the direction indicated. Soon afterwards the writer was struck down by a terrific SPLAT! The writer picked himself up, dusted himself off, and trudged back up the mountain. He stared at the wise old man and said, "I must have misunderstood you. I need to know in which direction I must go to find success."


  Again the guru pointed off in the same direction. Again the aspiring writer headed back down the mountain in the direction given. Again he was struck down by a mighty SPLAT! Again he stumbled and crawled and hauled himself back up the mountainside. Again he stood panting and bloodied in front of the old man and said, "Now I know you misunderstood me. I want you to tell me where I can find success."


The guru raised his arm in the same direction. The aspiring writer shook his head. "I'm not going to fall for that same old trick. I'm not going that way. All I find in that direction is nothing more than SPLAT! You're supposed to be this all-knowing and all-seeing guru. I want you to tell me where I am supposed to find success."


 The guru nodded wisely and said, "Success lies just beyond SPLAT!"


  And so I have this to say to all you aspiring authors out there. The published writer is the aspiring author who didn't quit. Keep writing, and one day you too will make it beyond SPLAT!


 In the meantime, carpe diem! Seize the day!

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