Dear Emma Hope,

You have begun! Excellent! I will offer you two pieces of advice, they are not mine, originally, but I like to live my life by them. I don’t often succeed, but I ALWAYS aim!

“Start where you are. With what you have. Do what you can.” -Arthur Ashe

“How you do anything is how you do everything” — I get different sources on the origins of this quote, but the basic idea is the same. Take pride (note: pride, NOT perfection) in whatever you are doing. If you are laying bricks, do your very best to lay them straight & right, with just the right amount of mortar between them. If you are sweeping the street, feeding the hungry, piloting a plane, guarding a prison, sewing a dress, do your best in your job, no matter what it is. Because how we do one small thing is how we do large things, as well.

Think about it. The way people drive — is it not also the way people park their cars? If they are going to do first thing with care, they will certainly do the other most carefully. If they do the first carelessly & recklessly, the parking will be crappy & thoughtless.

You have done it! You have began where you are, with what you have, & I am proud to welcome you to Medium!

Now, write, my friend, write on, and I will read you! With practice will come goodliness. (By the way, I’m not sure it’s a word. It got accepted, but still…. I like it.)

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.