What would you do, if you lost EVERYTHING?


diceSo usually, you hear people ask, “What would you do if you won the lottery?”

Well … duh … that’s kinda easy.

But how often do you hear someone ask, “What would you do, if you lost everything?”

By this, I mean your house, your job, your car, even your marriage. I’m not a complete sadist, so I’ll spare you your loved ones and pets.

Besides having a panic attack, perhaps you’re not too sure how to answer. Well…

I can tell you what J.K. Rowling did.

According to Wikipedia (and rumors I’ve heard from others who saw her speak), Rowling considered herself a large failure seven years after graduating from college. Her marriage had failed, and she was jobless with a child. Yet, she said the following—as cited in Wikipedia from The Fringe Benefits of Failure, 2008:

“Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy to finishing the only work that mattered to me [Harry Potter].”

This has been on my mind lately.

I won’t lie. In fact, I’ll be completely truthful. I’ve been a little quieter on this blog, because I’m in a career transition. I lost my job of more than five years after the company I worked for lost a major federal contract. It wasn’t just my job affected, but hundreds of others, too.

So now, using everything I have, I’ve launched my new business, “Shari’s Ink: Copywriting & Creative Services.” And I’m writing a novel that burns inside my soul.

I have a house. I have a life. And I keep asking myself, what would I do, should I lose it all?

Maybe I could become the next J.K. Rowling.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

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7 comments

  1. kennamckinnon · June 5, 2013

    You are to be commended for your courage and hope. I know you will succeed.

  2. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin · June 5, 2013

    many are feeling this very thing these days…foreclosures…lost jobs…prices going up daily…
    Thank goodness for your talent…I would just have to give it all I have and try those things we never do unless pushed…sometuimes that pushing is our dreams coming true!

    • Shari Lopatin · June 5, 2013

      Marilyn, my very same sentiments. :) Sometimes that extra “push” is really a blessing in disguise. Thank you for your lovely thoughts!

  3. Jill · June 5, 2013

    Yeah….I may find out real soon with the ways things are going for me unfortunately.

    • Shari Lopatin · June 5, 2013

      Don’t worry Mom, you have people who’ve got your back. ;-) Maybe it will be a blessing in disguise.

  4. SpeakUp! · June 5, 2013

    Shari, this is very good! While I always have felt you a bit off the beaten track (btw this is a ‘good’ thing), I believe it’s why you’ve chosen here the “path less traveled” and gone the way of your very soul. Your writing here is very good, as said, and your idea – indeed your commitment to a new business – will be awesome I feel. And that book burning in your soul? Go for it woman … I lost the love of my life (tragically and all too young) and it left me paralyzed about continuing on. Now after stripping away slowly those things I always felt I needed, making way for the “real me” I’ve made new decisions and slowly will make my search a reality – soon hopefully. (ie, A dog rescue & shelter) … I’m also continuing that writing inside my soul (besides my little blogs) because the real me has very REAL stories to tell about life and what we truly have! Best of everything! ~Joan

    • Shari Lopatin · June 5, 2013

      Joan, thank you for sharing such a deeply personal and profound part of your life. I am truly sorry to hear of your loss. I know a couple of people, close to me, who went through a tragedy very similar; it’s heart-wrenching. I have a sincere love for animals, so I salute your efforts with the dog rescue and shelter! Does it have a website? I’d love to check it out.

      Thank you for the encouragement. :) I will go for that novel, hardcore! And to you … keep writing! In the words of Ernest Hemingway, “There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit at a typewriter and bleed.”

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