Winter Trees at Sunset


To live is to grow, when we stop growing, we stop living.

Some one once asked what inspires me to write, and I told this amiable fellow, ‘life inspires me to write and when I write, I grow, I keep learning everyday!’

Life is full of mysteries and wonder, that is why writers would always have inspirations to write. I read everyday and I write everyday! Our lives would be mundane if it’s static. When asked as an old man why he still practiced six to eight hours a day, one of the world’s best violinists replied, ‘Because I think I’m getting better!’ And I think that’s the attitude we need to cultivate, the desire to be the best in whatever we do.

When I read some of my earlier works, I laugh, because I saw through my mistakes, and I quickly improve on it. I am not the same writer I was yesterday, because today, I learnt how to write better. Life is progressive, death is static. If we don’t want to learn, what the hell are we living for then?

Growing takes time… we spend our whole life growing.

When Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an old man, an admirer asked him how he was able to write so beautifully. Pointing to a nearby apple tree, he replied, ‘that tree is very old, but I never saw prettier blossoms. The tree grows a very little new wood every year, and out of that new wood those blossoms come. So I try to grow a little each year.’

What a decent man! I want to be more like Longfellow, grow like a tree, throughout my lifetime.

I hope you’re enjoying your weekend, and as we head into a new week, I hope you will have the courage and patience to learn new things, to grow like an oak and impact your world!

If any of you, my friends, recently bought one of my books, do leave a review at Amazon, or if you haven’t, do support a writer who loves the written word and click on my sidebar. ‘Tales Of Five Lies’ is less is than a dollar or a pound, ‘The Feet Of Darkness,’ is also available worldwide, online and in bookshops… My upcoming supernatural thriller, ‘Cydonia Rise of the fallen,’ will be released before Christmas. 

It’s a pleasure being your friend and I value every one of you dearly. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a beautiful week!

Much love, always!



19 comments on “Growing…

  1. Thank you so much for this wonderful post !! It was what I needed to read today. Thank you for the inspiration tao be better every day, something we all need to learn well !!!

  2. Uzoma says:

    I often tell myself, especially when am down or faced with a difficult situation, that there is a lesson yet to be learned. Broadly speaking, learning should be a daily process and we can only be better and better if we are humble, sincere, and determined.

    Thanks for the inspiration post, sis. A wonderful weekend to you, too.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      I understand where you’re coming from, and I agree with you! Sometimes while faced with difficulties, I don’t see anything good in it, but later, as layers and layers are removed, I learned my lessons. Thanks for stopping by my brother and friend!

  3. Never ever stop learning and living.

  4. ledrakenoir says:

    “Growing takes time” – yeah so true, it isn’t come over the night… 🙂

    Very well written post… 🙂

  5. I bought Tales of Five Lies recently and will be reading it soon 🙂 Keep learning, dear friend!

  6. RoSy says:

    Hi Seyi Sandra!
    Your opening sentence says it all: “To live is to grow, when we stop growing, we stop living.”
    My writing, thoughts, perspective, & self has come a long way. Looking back – I realize how much I’ve grown. And – I hope that I continue to grow until I take my last breath.
    My weekend was good. Hope yours was too.
    Much love & big {Hugs} to you 🙂

  7. What a lovely analogy by Longfellow! 🙂 Congrats on your upcoming novel, Sandra. 🙂

  8. Longfellow is a wise man! Thanks for sharing such deep words!

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