If a Tree falls in the woods….

IMG_2764I’m sure most of us has heard the old scientific question “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around does it make a sound”. I seem to remember the answer was no as if the sound waves aren’t picked up by the ear then they are only sound waves and therefor there is no real sound.

In thinking about the analogy, I’m sure many of us wonder at times that if people don’t either hear, accept or appreciate the things we say and do, then are the things we do and say in the first place.

As a struggling author I am forced to contemplate this quite a bit. I have now had three books published with a fourth nearing completion and as yet have seen a great deal of traction or success with them. I have also completed a screen play which, though I feel it has a great deal of potential, still has yet to be accepted by a true producer. I also write a weekly blog which, on average, is read by only a dedicated handful each week.

I have to admit at times that I feel a bit dejected over it all and wonder if it is worth all the time and effort let alone the dollars and cents invested in it all.

When I step back from it though and stop letting it get to me, I gain solace and comfort from the fact that I never went into this with the idea of getting rich or gaining fame from it all.

I do it because I love to tell stories, share my thoughts, emotions, views and ideas with others and truly enjoy the writing process and becoming better at my craft as a writer just the same as I do as an artist.

I also try to keep in mind the old adage of quality over quantity. If my writing or art work is appreciated by only a hand full of people or makes a positive impact in their lives or brightens up their day or gives them hope then I suppose I have succeeded and as such been successful.

I believe this analogy also holds true with whatever endeavor we choose to undertake whether it be at work, with regards to family, volunteering, teaching or anything else. The truth is there will be those who appreciate what we do and those who don’t but we shouldn’t feel bad enough about it to stop doing the things we feel most passionate about just because some people don’t appreciate it.

I have learned from my various experiences as a lecturer, teacher and instructor that you generally only reach and impact a small percent of those in attendance. The goal is simply to impact in a positive way as many as you can and leave them better off than when they met you.

It’s for those reasons why after coming to terms with my challenges and disappointments that I feel I have no choice but to continue to keep doing what I do. Some people are accepted and appreciated in their life times , some only so after their death and others not at all but either way it doesn’t take away from their accomplishment or make what they have done seemingly worthless if their work never gains acceptance.

So just because no one hears a tree fall, it doesn’t mean it didn’t make an impact on the ground below it.

As such, don’t give up on your quest or your dreams just because your efforts don’t seem to be appreciated or bearing fruit as they are no less valuable than those that seemingly are. I know I don’t intend to.

Thanks for checking in and I will look forward to seeing you again next week. keep the faith.

Aloha, Paul

About authorpaulhayden

Author, artist, screenwriter, environmentalist. husband, father, surfer, surfing instructor, volunteer.
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