Felicity Sidnell Reid and Susan Statham are the co chairs of the Spirit of the Hills Festival of the Arts to be held on November 3rd and 4th 2017. This week gives listeners an introduction to Spirit of the Hills, Northumberland Hills Arts Organisation, and to the festival itself.
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Interesting. Informative. (Love your poem Felicity.)
I look forward to reading the rest of your story in Spirit of the Hills Anthology lll, Susan. Really poignant play, Marie Lynne – plan to see it Friday night. I’m glad you read that particular poem, Gwynn. I enjoyed it even more second time around.
Just listened to Reva’s interview about her book on taking risks. . As I listened, I realized that I started my life with a wonderful sense of adventure. My friend Nancy said to me about 20 years ago that I was willing to try anything. She wasn’t talking about physical risk taking. She was referring to my ability to set aside fear and feelings of incompetence and try a new recipe, a new job, whatever. My ability to take this kind of risk is a quality that helped me answer God’s call to ministry and begin writing and publishing books.
My thoughts shifted to the present. For the last three years, I have been thinking about sending a manuscript off to a publisher or an agent. I told myself my writing wasn’t good enough. I didn’t want the rejection. I continued my self-publishing with the same moderate success. A month ago, I discussed my desire and my fear with my editor. She listened to my talk about lack of competence for about five minutes, then looked at me and said, “Give it up, Jan. Just do it.” Her words have stayed with me.
Today’s radio interview with Reva reinforced Ruth’s words. I can take the risk. I used to just step forward ready to do my best, trusting that God will use whatever I do for something good. I used to take risks easily. Today, I am choosing a new mantra. “You can do it. Give it a try. Whatever happens, you will survive.” Thanks to “Word on the Hills” and Reva Nelson, for giving me the push I need, at this moment.