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A story many will know…

One day, the master called in three servants and announced that he would be taking a long trip far away and would be leaving his treasure in their hands while gone. The master stood before his trusted servants and offered talents (bags of silver) to each.

The first servant held out his hands as his master placed five talents in his arms and asked that they be well cared for. The second servant stretched out his hands and was given two talents and asked that they be cared for. The servant was honored to have these talents and held them closely. The master walked over to the third servant and placed on talent in his hands and again, asked his servant to care for his talents until he would return.

The master would soon leave and be gone for some time. One servant took his talents into town and invested them. He would go on to earn five more talents as a result of his decision. The second servant also entered town and used his two talents to earn him two more for his efforts. The third servant felt the other two were being foolish by taking so much risk with their masters talents, that he took his one talent and buried it for safety to assure he would not risk losing it before his masters return.

The master would eventually return and upon his arrival, asked to see the three servants. Once they arrived, the master asked his servants about the talents and what became of them. The servants assured their master that the talents had not been lost.

The first servant explained that he had invested his five talents and that had garnered five more talents as well. The master was happy and commended the servant for his efforts. The second servant then explained that he too had gone to town and invested his two talents and had doubled his investment, showing the four talents to his master. Again, the master commended the servant for his efforts. The third servant explained that he had been most careful with his one talent. So much, that he buried it in the ground so it would not be lost until the masters return.

It was here that the master ordered that the talent be taken from the third servant and given to the first. The third servant was shocked as the master explained that if he knew that the master needed the money so much, why he did not invest it like the others and earn him interest on his one talent.

The moral of this story is that to those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. Mathew 25:29

All to often, we are given opportunities that we doubt, fear or simply feel we can’t achieve. Often giving up before we even give something our first effort. If something worries you and you know it is still the right thing to do, there is a reason you should try. If you allow your worries to multiply to the point that you do nothing with your moments in life, you will find the old saying true, ‘If you don’t you it, you lose it’.

As your now reading this, I am 2 days away from sitting in Chicago and preparing to give my presentation to members of the Illinois SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators). Is it a big place? You bet it is! Am I a bit nervous? You bet I am! But that nervousness is the result of working hard for 14 years when most of the time, others had no idea just how hard I was working! As I’m getting ready to invest my talents, I have nothing but faith it will yield a reward regardless of what type it may be. I do this because I want more and will not allow fear to force me to bury my hopes and dreams in the dirt, only to find out one day that I had a chance and lost it.

In 2 days, I will stand on the roof of the hotel and see the lights of Chicago and invest in what got me here. Friday morning my son, Lynden and I will walk two blocks to Lake Michigan and take our run on the beach together.

“When your tired, it’s a sign that your almost at the end of your fight!” – TD Jakes

*Catch me Live on Facebook @levibfoxbooks Thursday, Sept. 14th between 7-9 p.m. CST!

The date is not yet official, but I have been invited to travel to Chicago in September and speak to members of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. I have always want to attend one of these meetings and never thought in 13 years that I would be speaking at my first one. I hope by then that I will have my 8th book, a bedtime story entitled ‘The Lizard Wizard” finished enough to showcase it and Barney & Lexi during my presentation. One look at where I believe I will be speaking and I am excited and grateful. Hard work and more hard work can pay off, you just have to keep working and keep believing!

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Gratitude

Posted: August 31, 2016 in L.B. Fox, Uncategorized
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Today was one of the hottest this year! It got me down today!

I came home and found one reply to my email into the yahoo group for Illinois SCBWI group. It was from a wonderful woman named, Terri Murphy who had what I was looking for, ADVICE! I know MUST find a means to saving up the yearly membership fee to join the SCBWI. It will take some time but I MUST do this and make it happen!

I hope I find further members come forward but should this be my only help, I AM GRATEFUL!! I want to thank Terri for her time out of her schedule and for her thoughtful guidance.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday and is doing their best to remain cool!

First, let me say that I regret not being on over the weekend. I took my own advice and burnt paths in my house as I thought of what I must do to keep myself moving forward.

Today, I came home from my work, made dinner for myself and sat down with the evening news as I ate. I found myself finished with my dinner and simply watching the news with no real intent. Right then it began!

I started feeling a sense of “This is not ‘ok’ anymore!”

I got up and began to pace my house and kept asking myself what must I do! Then I thought of something I often put off. In order to succeed, you have to look at who you have around you. When I did that, I realized that I had no relationships with any other authors and therefore, no support system for going anywhere.

I sat down and reached out to the SCBWI group on yahoo and flat out said I wanted to make friends and begin creating lasting communications with peers like me. I also explained what I have been doing over the past 12 years and have sought advice and support from others for successful progress and positive momentum.

Ok is not Ok anymore. I WANT MORE! This step came to me only after I forced myself into a state were the norm is not acceptable and while it took a couple of days, something finally clicked and I made myself jump on it and worked my hardest to see it through.

Now I feel great because I made myself reach a state where action had to happen and I went all in with emotion to do it!

As Tuesday approaches, I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday and make it work for you!

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Tonight, I began updating my site on the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators) website. I invite you to stop by and leave me a message. I will reply!

http://www.scbwi.org/members-public/levi-fox

Well, I have a sick little girl in the house who is ready for bed. Have a good night, great day & Live With Passion!