POST 365 – My Own Personal Challenge! Mark Twain Style!

I am loosely quoting this from Mark Twain’s Innocents Abroad – 1869.

“It will be worth more than a thousand dollars when you get it done.”

When Jack the young writer suddenly stops writing at four thousand pages because he finds it so tedious and they haven’t even reached France yet, Mark Twain wrote,

“If you wish to inflict a heartless and malignant punishment upon a young person, pledge him to keep a journal for a year.”

A couple of years back, we went to Elmira, New York to visit Mr. Twain’s grave site and his study. It was so inspiring to read his handwritten words. To see that such beautiful quotes written on his family’s gravestones (since they almost all died earlier than him) and to see such a simple stone without any sayings on his (as it should be, the writer had died and there was no one to quote the writers stone) was a nice trip to make. I got to see where he spent hours writing, and even drove past the house where the study was originally. It was a great trip.

Having visited his residence in Connecticut the year before, I had bought his book Innocents Abroad. To say that I did not struggle to read the massive accounts of his journey to The Holy Land would be a lie.

But his humor always jumped off the page at me making me think and laugh out loud many times. He would be a man comfortable in any decade, he was already way ahead of his own. His opinions on things were in my opinion pretty brutal but mostly dead on, especially when it came to common sense, so in that respect, I feel we have lots in common.

When I came above the mentioned passage about his young ship mate whom he had a conversation with about getting a thousand dollars for a years’ worth of journal, and the process being abandoned, I took up the challenge to see if I could keep my own journal/blog for 365 days.

Today is that day. This is my 365th posting. Now I have not written four thousand pages, as the young Jack had professed to do, but I did write consistently for that time.

I wanted to see if I had what it took to do it, and if I truly had the passion to write every day about anything and everything.

Apparently I did and I am grateful for my gift and love of writing.  If I needed to be sure of my commitment, I no longer need that assurance.

So I am proud to say I accomplished this milestone and will be continuing but on a less aggressive scale, and just write because it’s like breathing and something I am just compelled to do and not a challenge I put onto myself.

Well Mr. Twain.  I’ve written my thousand dollars’ worth, maybe more. I am happy with my accomplishments. I wish you were around so I could meet you and get to pick your brain of what your thoughts would be of this world we live in today. No doubt, it would be full of deep thoughts mixed in your very own special brand of humor.

You would definitely be one of the people I would bring back from the dead that I would talk with for an hour or more if I could!

I leave you with some of my favorite quotes from this wonderful man!

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. (my personal favorite)
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.


See you on the flip side!



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