Sunday, September 13, 2009

Zapping Zeal 9/13/09

When life slams the door in your face, stay by the door.

DB - The Vagabond
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Come in here.
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I don't remember from where I got this document. It has been taped up to one wall or another for many years during my vagabond life. It isn't signed and there is no credit given as to who wrote it. But it has been an inspiration and a reminder to me when I was faced with total frustration, desperate depression and utter loss. I pass it on to you with love.

PRESS ON.

NOTHING IN THE WORLD CAN TAKE THE PLACE OF PERSISTENCE.

TALENT WILL NOT; NOTHING IS MORE COMMON THAN UNSUCCESSFUL MEN WITH TALENT.

GENIUS WILL NOT; UNREWARDED GENIUS IS ALMOST A PROVERB.

EDUCATION WILL NOT; THE WORLD IS FULL OF EDUCATED DERELICTS.

PERSISTENCE AND DETERMINATION ALONE ARE OMNIPOTENT.
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One application of this, and one that is certainly true in show business is: "Don't take 'no' for an answer."

I think of my friend Charles. Charles signed a contract with a theatre company in order to play one specific role. But when casting time came another actor's name was posted on the list. He was a nice fellow and not a bad actor, but he didn't have the aesthetic weight, presence and importance that Charles does and which the role needs.

Well Charles did not take that sitting down. He went to the management and argued his case. I don't know what went on in that meeting but when he came out he had the role. The other chap eventually gave up acting and became some sort of a consultant. Charles went on to do two Broadway shows and is still busy.

If you stay by the door it will eventually open again and one day you will step through it.

DB
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May you grab the good stuff today.
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WEEK END QUESTION

Summer is almost over, Autumn is on the way (check your calendar if you don't believe me). Answers to the SUMMER QUIZ will be posted on the first Day of Autumn. But then the AUTUMN QUIZ will start. And that's where you come in.

Your mission is to provide me with a question, or two or three, for the AUTUMN QUIZ. You may enter as many times as you wish (no proof of purchase necessary) but you have only till September 30, so get cracking.

Only 3 responses so far.

The decision of the biased, curmudgeonly judge is final.

The winner not only gets his/her question posted for the season, but also gets to sit on my front porch and listen to me ramble on for hours about nothing in particular.

Good luck.

DB

4 comments:

Cathy said...

When I stand by the shut door too long, people coming out hit me in the face with it lol you can't win for losing sometimes.

Autumn question: What would you tell humanity about surviving if you were an evolved being?

Jon said...

Fantastic advice, as always. I've encountered so many slamming doors during my lifetime, that I've become an expert at picking locks and removing hinges (there's supposed to be humor in there, somewhere......)

Linda S. Socha said...

I see Cathy's point.The loudly slamming doors are at least clear for the moment ....as opposed to the gently closed ones that happened when your glance strayed away.

It is like walking down a dual road. You are moving on down the line on the one hand and standing by the door on the other.

DB. Love your posts
Linda

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Persistence and Patience go hand in hand :o)