The Benefits of Being
For the past two weeks, I've participated in the “Content Igniters Blogging Challenge”. Though I had the hardest time keeping up, I finally finished the challenge, and I am so grateful that I did.
These past two weeks has been hard. For someone like me, who (a lot of the time), only writes when I'm inspired, it's difficult to write when I'm told. But I am so glad that I did.
Because I was challenged.
This concludes the second blogging challenge I have participated in since starting F4HG, and my conclusion of these experiences is one thing:
Only good can come from being challenged.
Throughout the journey of this most recent challenge, I found only positive results in my own writing. There were days when all I wanted to do was write, and the challenge only gave me an opening, and a topic to write about. Then there were days where I wanted to do anything but write, and the challenge forced me to face myself and achieve a goal despite how I felt.
No matter how I felt, I always felt the need to write. Not because I was forced to. Because I was challenged. Because I had been given a goal, a destination, and that alone triggered something in my writing soul that would not be satisfied until it was complete.
So I had no choice but to complete it.
Even at my most non-creative moments, the feeling of being challenged gave me the inspiration to try, instead of simply accepting not writing. And you know what? It worked. Because I always ended up writing.
If not for the challenge, I would not have written. I would have accepted it, and hoped for tomorrow. But instead, I was challenged. And I ended up with several posts that would have otherwise never existed.
That's the beauty of being challenged.
And I am so grateful to have had this opportunity. Not only have I had the chance to experience being challenged, and not only do I have a series of posts that I am thrilled at having been able to share, but I have also had the opportunity to meet several other wonderful writers, who I got to work alongside during this challenge.
I am so thankful to have gotten to know some of them, and to be able to share my work beside theirs. I have discovered their writings, and have gotten to explore their blogs as well. And even when I fell behind, the other members, as well as the leader of the group, were encouraging and supportive.
Everything that happened, everything I experienced, brought only good to my writing and my blog. Being challenged can do wonders for your writing, and replaces writers' block with determination. A good kind of determination. The kind God can use.
And He did. He used this challenge to bring out the best in me, even more than I could have done if I hadn't been challenged.
So I'm using this opportunity to pass it on to you.
I'm challenging you now to write. To write about what is on your heart right now – no matter what it is. To write what you've been holding back on, what you might be afraid to share. I'm challenging you to write, write, and to write with all your heart.
Then share it. Share it on your blog, or on here. Whatever you write, make sure to share the link on here, or on Facebook/Twitter.
Challenge yourself. Let yourself be challenged. You'll be amazed at what can happen.