THAT was the take away last night for Aaron and me at the Salon@615 talk at the Nashville Public Library. We were dazzled by the conversation as progressive political activist, public speaker, best-selling author Anne Lamott was tossed questions by Nashville’s own award-winning novelist Ann Patchett (and beloved owner of Parnassus Books). It was a wonderful time listening to the thought processes and the quirkful humor and openness of Ms. Lamott. The most impactful moment for both of us though was when Anne spoke to the question of how to become a successful writer. I think the advice applies universally to ANYthing you wish to accomplish: stop the excuses. Just STOP. Time, money, etc, etc is not holding you back. If you want to write, write. If you want to paint, paint. If you want to be great at anything … start doing it. NOW. Not tomorrow. Not someday. Not when you get around to it. Just STOP not doing it and START doing it. That is the only way. You don’t really have time to do anything else. You never know when your time on this earth is over. Don’t let yourself get in the way of your dreams. Go after them like a spider monkey. That is all.