Detour is defined as: “a round about route to avoid something or to visit something along the way.” Some detours are planned on purpose, while others are just part of everyday life. I took a slight detour out of necessity. But then, I found it hard to find my motivation for the film project afteward.
Somehow I ended up on my Gmail and I read on an my outgoing email, “Perserverence accomplished what at first seemed impossible.” Perseverance in defined as: “persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.” So we have detour, delay, perserverance and persistence. Persistence is defined as: “firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.”
When our Deaf Mentor Susan sent me a video of her at the Rockefeller Center in NYC, where we will be filming the skating scene, it ignited something in me. Just because I am fatigued and am exhausted over a few issues, perseverance can and will accomplish what at first seems impossible. That was a quote by Colonel Henry Knox of the Continental Army during the American Revolution. This was in reference to George Washington and the crossing of the icy Delaware River. Through perseverance they crossed it and caught the enemy off guard and so, the war began to turn in favor of America winning the war.
This quote seems to be my go to quote, when I need a boost of encouragement to cross the icy waters of being and Indie filmmaker. I might not feel at the moment the excitement of the premiere or getting a distribution deal, but I am too tired to feel anything. Right now, I am running on pure faith. I trust those who are a part of this production and I have a great team of people who want this project to be a great success.
So, knowing I am part of a congolmerate “a number of different things or parts that are put or grouped together to form a whole but remain distinct entities” of those who are in this with me; knowing we are a team and though tired; we are still faithful to the project; and we are still putting one foot in front of the other; and most of all, we are still moving forward.
There are detours that take us so far off the beaten path that it is hard to be patient. Because truly that is what the irritation is really about. We just want to get where we are going. But there are detours that we think are the right thing to do, only to find we failed miserably and feel like we are back to square one. Or the square we left off at when we first started to venture off into parts unknown. Lessons learned? Then it wasn’t for nothing. Lessons not learned? Then it was a total waste of time and one must accept responsibility for the mistake and then continue to move forward once again. Remember. “Perserverance accomplished what at first seemed impossible.” Only if you quit will the adventure become impossible, not because of a detour. So, get back on the horse and ride again. Go back over your goals. Get back in the game. Do something right now to break your fall of spinning out of control. Oh wait. You just did. You read my blog. Okay! So, go do something else to advance your project.
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