Monday, March 29, 2010

Neverending Luck

Even in the midst of crap, you can often find a gem. It's true.

Over the weekend we watched The Neverending Story, a (not very good) movie from the early 80s. Maybe if I'd known it was a book and we had read it first we would have understood the movie better. Maybe if I'd watched it when it first came out I would have been overwhelmed with nostalgia for the horrible special effects. Watching it now, with children who are used to seamless digital graphics, the movie just looked dated. And don't get me started on the acting.

But it did have good moments. At one point, Falkor, the Luck Dragon, had an awesome line. It was so good I had to jump up and write it down:

Never give up and good luck will find you.

Isn't that great? Of course, I wouldn't mind having my very own luck dragon. Preferably one that looked a little more on the ball and didn't sound like the dog in Davy and Goliath. But even Falkor would do. I mean, you can't really complain about a dragon that brings you luck, right?

In some ways his line reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from Thomas Jefferson: "I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it." Put the two together and you've got one outstanding quote:

I'm a great believer in luck. Never give up, keep working hard, and more good luck will find you.

I like that! It's my mantra for this Monday. Because sometimes I look at my writing and think it's total crap and sometimes I want to throw in the towel and just not bother. But today I believe that even in the midst of crap I can find a gem. Today I believe that if I keep working hard and don't give up, good luck will find me. It will find us all.

What about you? Do you believe?


P.S. A few posts ago I thought I had hit 200. But when I took out drafts that had never been posted, I realized that today marks #194. Six more to go and then we'll have a party. Woo-hoo!!


Lori W. said...

Great quote for Monday! You are and your "dragon who looked a little more on the ball" are giving me story ideas. :)

Laurel Garver said...

Thanks for the inspiration, Sherrie. I did see this film in the theaters when it first came out, and found it a bit silly even then. But I still like the name Bastian because of it (even if he's a bit of a twit). :-)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I love The Never-ending Story!! Seriously. I love it! Thanks for such an upbeat Monday message. :-)

Jackee said...

Great post!

And you may not have a dragon, but you've certainly been lucky recently. I can think of at least two blog contests you've won lately.

:o) Keep up the good karma, it couldn't happen to a more awesome person!

Candyland said...

I believe this is the post of the day:)

Unknown said...

I actually own that movie, I love it lol. Thanks for the inspirational quotes! (Glad you got something out of the movie haha.)

PJ Hoover said...

I totally believe we are as lucky as we believe ourselves to be.
Love this post, Sherrie!

Caroline Starr Rose said...

I loved this movie as a kid and read it as an adult.

Never give up. Your day is coming.

Susan R. Mills said...

I love your new mantra! I think I'll borrow it.

Sherrie Petersen said...

Lori: Write 'em down! I want to read your ideas!

Laurel: Bastian is a great name :)

Shannon: A lot of other people must have loved it too because they made two sequels and a tv series!

Jackee: Thanks, Jackee. You are too kind :D

Candy: Woo-Hoo!!

Amanda: Inspiration is everywhere, you just have to know where to look!

PJ: Then I believe myself to be a very lucky person :D

Caroline: I do want to read the book now. And I hope you're right!

Susan: I like a good mantra to start my week :)

C.R. Evers said...

What a great quote to start the week!

I loved the Never ending story! I saw the movie when I was younger, and like most youngsters, I loved it because, well, that was the 80's and I was caught up in the magic of it all. I only recently read the book sometime last year. The magic of the book drew me in as well. (however, I think it was a little longer than it needed to be. I liked where the movie stopped the story better than where the book ended.)

Anyway, sometimes I have a hard time believing, because I've never been one to have much luck, no matter how hard I try. But I still must believe, because for some reason, I keep on trying. Here's hoping my luck is just delayed.

Here's to finding your luck dragon!


Tess said...

I believe! So much of 'luck' is hard work. Really, luck plays such a little part in our successes. We can do hard things, right ?!?!

Bish Denham said...

I believe in something I just don't know what it is! :O As for The Neverending Story I read the book before it became a movie and it (the book) is just great. I still have my hardback copy with red and green print.

Anonymous said...

haha the kids and I love the movie :o) *tears* when the pony sinks!

storyqueen said...

And the luck basket it finding its way to you even as we speak (er, write...)!!!!

It should get to you in the next coupe of days.




lisa and laura said...

1. Love the new look of the blog!

2. I have seen Neverending Story approximately 8,000 times. Admittedly, it's been a while, but I remember crying everytime Ajax (the horse) died. So sad.

Tyhitia Green said...

Blasphemy, Sherrie. LOL. :-D I loved the Neverending Story. Are you kidding me? We need to talk. LOL.

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