Something wonderful happened in 1900 when L.Frank Baum, age 40, decided to explore his hand at something new. After trying a number of professions he had the courage to try writing. This resulted in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
A copy of this classic tale practically jumped off the shelf during a recent library trip. This is our current family read and we are turning the pages with anticipation and wonder. What will happen next, when will we meet Oz and the Witch of the West.
What an inspiration to think L.Frank Baum started writing at the age of 40 and (according to Wikipedia) went on to write “14 novels in the Oz series, plus 41 other novels, 83 short stories, over 200 poems, and at least 42 scripts.” Where would we be without The Wonderful Wizard of Oz? What if he never explored writing? What if he didn’t have the courage?
One of the themes of the book is just that, courage. Discovering courage and finding it within, something we all have.
Ultimately we all have something within us that is waiting to surface. All you need is the courage to try, to act, to explore. Let this talented author be your motivation to move forward. It’s not late, in fact the time is just right. Learn to play piano, write, draw, run a marathon, whatever it is you find yourself frequently thinking about. “You have plenty of courage, I am sure,” answered Oz. “All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.” ― L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
I like to find inspiration from experiences of all varieties. Things we do or experience or learn about.
As of late I have found inspiration from frequent little visitors who illuminate the night. Fascinating fireflies of course! This is something I haven’t experienced before so it’s all new and exciting and the latest inspiration for a poem!
Last night my five year old, Owen, asked if he could go to space.I said yes, yes you can. Anything you want, anything you dream. If you believe it you can achieve it but it takes hard work and focus. I felt inspired to write the poem below.