Every now and then you read a book that transports your imagination to a whole new world. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern has been such a book to me. I read it earlier this year and I still find myself reliving and reimagining some of the scenes. The storyline in this book has a way of fading into the background in comparison to the imaginative “visuals”. Some other books that also brought alive a whole new world to me was Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy. The imaginary landscape I have cultivated in my mind for those books can not be broken down by any movie rendering thereof. No matter how good the movie may be, my imaginary visuals will be the ones that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
Today I would like to share with you just one of my favourite quotes from The Night Circus:
“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words.”
This reminds me of the countless times where someone's life story has inspired me to do something, be something and strive towards something. I think we often underestimate the value of our own life stories. We like to give only the accounts of where we have won or achieved something and fail to tell of how many times we had to try, and not give up, before we managed to succeed. We want instant gratification and we want to give instant gratification to others. We want to be something grand without putting in the effort it takes to get there.
I however believe that if more people were to dare tell the true story of how they achieved success. And if we started to value the journey more than the end product, more of us would be successful at what we set out to do. We would start without unrealistic preconceived ideas and get back up and try again many more times once we see that we are not alone in trying.
Everyone has something inspiring to share, even if it does not seem inspiring to you. Put your words out there. “Who knows what they might do because of it…”