Jan 04, 2013 - 1:37 pm
Well, we were shot down in flames by Dr. Phil…I think I’ve mentioned before how “Deafening” that Silence can really be.
But, it was worth a try…and it was a good try…I wanted to thank everyone again who put in a good plug for me and supported my project…and for the others who followed the story…(Sorry, Maggie May…The Lion let you down). I know you were watching and waiting…and hoping.
After 51 years of struggle, I’m wrestling with the notion of the plain and simple truth…”I’m just not good enough.”
At least, that’s the message that’s been beaten into my brain over the course of my lifetime…it’s the story of my life really, just never quite good enough to make the final cut.
I don’t understand why I still try and reach for the unattainable…
I guess, because I am a survivor of Life itself…and I’m just too plain ornery and stubborn to give in to anything…as well as being born a native Texan…well, that’s quite a homemade brew:)
I’ve often joked about The Sundance Army in posts…a whimsical notion I concocted back when I was creating Big Billy. I’ve often hinted at the fact that we need to finally put this army in gear...2013 sounds good to me.
My role on this board has always been to try and provide for others…a mission that I hold dear…I’ve tried not to ask for too many things during my time here.
You’ve all been very benevolent in helping me with anything that I’ve ever asked for…truer friends than I’ve ever had before…the cupboard is still bare in my regular life, but as long as my friends are here, there will always be a couple of cans still on the shelf.
So…I need your help.
I guess I didn’t tell you before, but I bypassed Congressional Legislation and appointed myself “General” of the lone Sundance Army…even Kim is on hiatus after this last year, so it’s just me:)
Looks like I’m the “Chief Bottle Washer” of this rag-tag outfit:)
I just needed a fresh personality for 2013…a couple more and I’ll finally catch up to “Sybill.”
Anyway, all funnin’ aside…
I got another idea…I decided to write Jeff Probst of Survivor fame…he’s got a daytime talk show now – “The Jeff Probst Show.”
I submitted my story in a write up and asked to be on the show…I’m reminded of one of the good lines that Alec Baldwin said in the movie, Glengarry Glen Ross, circa 1992 – “Always Be Closing.”
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I told him about the book, my participation on our board, and how I just wanted to help…and threw in Chapter I – The Diagnosis…and hit the Submit button. They are looking for:
Would I qualify under one of those categories?
I figured WTH - Let’s Roll!
After I sent in my submission, I continued to think about this…and came up with a pretty good idea…a good chance…a worthwhile endeavor.
So, here’s my idea…
What if WE did a “Write-In” campaign to help shine a little more attention to the submission I entered and help get my name at the front of their minds. With as passionate a group as we have here, I’m sure we could have a positive influence…
With a few extra hits of support, they would know that this is no joke and that we are on the level…that could be a deciding factor for them to just maybe keep their eyes on us…and perhaps, call to be on the show.
It’s certainly worth taking another shot…it’s as quick as replying to a post, so it doesn’t take much time or commitment…just say whatever is in your heart…that’s always been good enough for me.
Real, Genuine, and Sincere…The Three Amigos...that’s always the ticket right there.
The required fields are just name and email address…and I think age for some reason…probably want to know that folks are over 18.
Here is the link to the page that you would submit:
I read where his show is in danger of being cancelled already…so, this is the right time to take a chance before we lose that option.
I need a rock to stand on…maybe this will be the one.
So, General Sundance is just going to come right out and say it…
“The Sundance Army Needs You!”
Hell, I need you:) That’s enough, isn’t it?
I’ll leave you with this thought…it really got to me a few weeks ago…and just came back to my mind just now…so poignant in its truth that it kind of shook me when I heard it…
The world loves good stories…stories of the Underdog, who came from nothing….rose to prominence…had success…and lived happily ever after.
These can be very good stories of hope and inspiration…
If there was some struggle and adversity…go ahead and throw that in too…just as long as we triumph above all else – in the end. We only want the story of success – not of failure.
But, what about those stories where Failure is the end result of The Dream?
I must have been listening to Dr. Stanley that evening…and he spoke of how someone with failure after failure could actually be an inspiring story….to struggle mightily – and yet, never achieve.
Boy, did that one hit me deep…crushing really...I just knew he was talking to me.
I’ve delivered on everything I said I would do during my time here…without fail…through sickness and health…till death do us part…EXCEPT for getting this book deal done.
I’ve failed everyone here with that one, including myself…
Not on purpose, mind you…just the fact that the powers that be…hold the keys…to my future and our message. I must find a way to break through the glass ceiling.
And I’m not done trying either…
So, if you’re ready to get 2013 off to a great start, I invite you to go to the website and participate in yet another one of my projects:)
What if this was the one that made the difference?
-Craig aka General S.
P.S. The title of my submission was "The Lion's Roar" - A Texan's Journey Inside the Real World of Cancer. And I used my name too...so tie those buzzwords together and we'll hope they read it.