If you find peace in the work, that’s all you really need. Dedication can flow through that love, easing many of frustrations you are bound to experience with dealing with difficulties. A friend of mine brought over The Shawshank Redemption not long ago. We watched it, and I commented to him how Andy was really Stephen King when you consider what Stephen went through to become a published author. The part of Andy mailing the letters to the state to receive more funds for the library project was, in a symbolic form, the same thing as Stephen sending in all his short stories to the magazine editors in the hope he’d receive a publication credit. Rejection was the norm. Week after week, month after month, both Andy and Stephen mailed without pause or hesitation. “They can’t ignore me forever,” said Andy in the film. And he was right. But it took 6 years for Andy to prove it, about the same amount to time it took Stephen King to make traction on his end for the stories.
It’s a perfect example of dedication. Had it taken 8 years, Andy and Stephen would have done it. 10, 20 years? Yup, likely so. Why? Because they were committed to their goal. For Andy, it was the love of creating a new library for the prison. For Stephen it was the love of writing and telling stories.
Yesterday I read an article that the Oak used in Shawshank Redemption had to be cut down because it had significant weather damage. That almighty Oak was truly beautiful. It’s the same tree where Red discovered Andy’s letter (and money), and Andy proved to Red that hope was a good thing…sometimes the best of things, and no good thing ever days.
You remember the name of the town, don’t you?
-Vincent Lowry (Author of American Vineyard)