The “Daffy” Things We Do

12.3.2016 | 14:01

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Dragon Dispatches from the Divine Dragon

As you know, I’ve been wrestling with self-imposed limitations and limiting beliefs recently.

So, from the Department of “Timing is Everything,” I wanted to share with you something I just came across, from a rather unlikely source….

I happen to be a huge fan of word puzzles (as well as puzzles of all sorts, really, from Sudoku to jigsaws), and I was solving a Cryptogram while enjoying my lunchtime smoothie one day this week.

(Which, coincidentally enough, was one of our endless variations on the “Fire Prevention” recipe. )

Here’s what this little gem shared:

“A mistake at least proves that someone has stopped talking long enough to do something.”

Act - White Word on Blue Puzzles.

Well, if that’s not a message from the Universe, I don’t know what is!!

I have my fears and insecurities, but making a mistake really isn’t one of them.  To be honest, I’m not even afraid to make a public fool of myself!

One of my other professional hats is that of author and editor, and I’ve had a few Young Adult fantasy novels published (under a pseudonym).

At the very first Fantasy & Science Fiction convention I attended as an author guest, I volunteered to do something a little bit crazy.disu

And, for what it’s worth, waaay outside of my normal comfort zone.

I was part of a panel that presented a genre-related version of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

That’s right – I volunteered to do improv comedy in front of an SRO crowd of “geek” fans of fantasy and science fiction!

I was an enthusiastic participant, I had a fantastic time – and got to share space on stage with some awesome fellow guests – and, if I do say so myself, my “Daffy Duck” brought the house down.

Laughing audience at the movies

And drove one of my fellow panelists to his knees in hysterics….

I guess if I had been a total bomb, it would have felt more like a mistake, but my point in sharing this with you is that I did something.

I was a huge fan of the show – both in its original British incarnation and the later American one – but I had never done anything like that in my life!!

I had no experience doing any sort of live comedy whatsoever – not stand-up, not “sketch comedy,” ala Monty Python … nothing of the sort.

Maybe I figured that, as a first-time author, no one would know who I was, or care whether I was good or whether I sucked.

I just knew that it was an opportunity that might never come along again, an opportunity to try something new and see if I could do something I’d been enjoying watching others do for years….

I don’t know.

All I know is that I had a blast, got some cheers, bonded with my fellow panelists….

And did something.

If you’re feeling stuck, and you’re afraid of doing something because you might make a mistake, just remember that you’ll feel better if you stop talking about what you want to do and actually start doing it.

Sure, you might make a mistake.

But at least you’ll be able to say that you did something.

Man holding blackboard in hands and pointing the word DO SOMETHING TODAY THAT YOUR FUTURE SELF WILL THANK YOU FOR

Won’t that feel better than holding back from sharing with the world all you have to offer?

Even if what you’re offering is just a killer “Daffy Duck”…


  1. Jace
    March 15, 2016 | 7:14 pm

    So true. Boom. I’m grateful to be moving forward even if there is failure along the way. Cheers

  2. Brad
    March 19, 2016 | 4:11 pm

    Quack. Just kidding…see what I did there. 😉 Not as bold as doing it live in front of people though.

    Seriously though, taking chances to push our limits is huge and laughter is always great therapy.

    • daletchworth
      March 20, 2016 | 1:26 pm

      Brad, Laughter is indeed the best. And trust me, Diane’s Daffy Duck is spot on! Debra 🙂

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