Even in the midst of crap, you can often find a gem. It’s true.
Over the weekend we watched The Neverending Story, a (not very good) movie from the early 80s. Maybe if I’d known it was a book and we had read it first we would have understood the movie better. Maybe if I’d watched it when it first came out I would have been overwhelmed with nostalgia for the horrible special effects. Watching it now, with children who are used to seamless digital graphics, the movie just looked dated. And don’t get me started on the acting.
But it did have good moments. At one point, Falkor, the Luck Dragon, had an awesome line. It was so good I had to jump up and write it down:
Isn’t that great? Of course, I wouldn’t mind having my very own luck dragon. Preferably one that looked a little more on the ball and didn’t sound like the dog in Davy and Goliath. But even Falkor would do. I mean, you can’t really complain about a dragon that brings you luck, right?
In some ways his line reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from Thomas Jefferson: “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” Put the two together and you’ve got one outstanding quote:
I like that! It’s my mantra for this Monday. Because sometimes I look at my writing and think it’s total crap and sometimes I want to throw in the towel and just not bother. But today I believe that even in the midst of crap I can find a gem. Today I believe that if I keep working hard and don’t give up, good luck will find me. It will find us all.
What about you? Do you believe?
P.S. A few posts ago I thought I had hit 200. But when I took out drafts that had never been posted, I realized that today marks #194. Six more to go and then we’ll have a party. Woo-hoo!!