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    Dont Cry if You Dont Try

    by

    Mark Goodwin

    SMASHWORDS EDITION

    * * * * *

    PUBLISHED BY

    Mark Goodwin on Smashwords

    Copyright 2011 by Mark Goodwin

    ISBN

    This ebook is a work of non-fiction.

    Smashwords Edition License Notes

    This ebook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This ebook may

    not be re-sold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this

    book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each

    person you share it with. If you're reading this book and did not purchase it,or it was not purchased for your use only, then you should return to

    Smashwords.com and purchase your own copy. Thank you for respecting the

    author's work.

    Cover design by Jane Sladen

    Special Thanks to Jane Sladen (My Partner)

    who assisted me and proofread this storyand

    Thanks to All My Friends

    Both in Real Life and on the Internet

    Who Encouraged Me To Follow My Dreams

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    Dont Cry if You Dont Try

    Despite its title this story is not out to chastise you. On the contrary. It is

    written to encourage you to follow your dreams and become the individual

    you were meant to be.

    Everyone of us has dreams. Perhaps it is a dream to get married and have a

    family. Maybe its a dream to travel to exotic places. Maybe your dream is to

    be a famous actor.

    Having dreams are important but there is something even more important,

    and that is attempting to make your dreams come true.

    Yes, you do have a purpose in life. Often that purpose is not understood by

    many. Why? Because we do not listen to our inner voice. That voice tries toguide us to our destinies. It hopes to lead us to happiness. Before we were

    born I believe seeds were planted in everyone one of us and they cry out to

    be watered so that they can grow. When they grow, our inner spirit becomes

    happier.

    The unfulfilled dreams in your life represent the need to nuture your inner

    spirit so that you can become the person you yearn to be. If you dont water

    those seeds, the seeds will die and your inner spirit will be unable to find the

    happiness and peace it seeks.

    I have had many dreams in my life. Some have been fulfilled because the

    seeds have been watered. One of those seeds was to travel to other parts of

    the world and to experience other people and cultures. After visiting more

    than 12 different countries, I can now say that this seed has been sufficiently

    watered and I have accomplished that dream.

    It is true that I would like to travel some more and I hope to do so. Even if I

    dont, I am happy. My inner spirit is more at peace with itself.

    These days, after recently passing my sixtieth birthday, I reflect upon my life

    - where I have been - where I am going. I am essentially a happy person.

    However, there are still seeds within me that need to be watered. There are

    dreams I still have but have never tried to achieve. There are others that I am

    in the process of trying to fulfill.

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    One of those dreams is to write articles - some of a serious nature, others not

    so. The Internet has given me the opportunity to follow that dream and it is

    now up to me to try. I began writing quizzes on Squidoo using the name Zut

    Moon and stealing ALFs image as my avatar. Along with the quizzes. I

    wrote funny stories, often to the chagrin of my American friends. I wrote

    some serious articles there as well. Just the writing of them was enough to

    start that seed growing. I became known somewhat throughout the Squidoo

    community and received some nice comments from people who read the

    articles.

    I then discovered Smashwords. I saw many people writing novels and short

    stories. They appeared to be following their dreams as well. I figured if they

    could write on Smashwords, why couldnt I? I have never had visions of

    being a John Grisham or a Dean Koontz but maybe, just maybe, I could besome kind of author even if it is only in a small way. So I have begun to

    follow my dream. I am trying to see if I can write something with enough

    substance to be interesting to somebody other than myself.

    I currently have four short stories on Smashwords and judging by the stats

    that they send me, I am succeeding to some extent. I have received many

    thumbs up that have been posted to Facebook. Smashwords statistics show

    me that people are downloading my stories. I have given many copies away

    free but have been able to sell some of them for real cash. None of the

    figures are staggering but they are sufficient to encourage me to keep

    watering that seed.

    Life can end at any moment and the time to fulfill your dream is today.

    Tomorrow may not come. Time continues to move forward whether you do

    or not. This article that you are reading right now is another attempt by me

    to follow two of my dreams. To become better known in the writing

    community and to help others. I will also be publishing another story soon

    which is called The Diary of Moses Jenkins. I am very pleased with how it

    is turning out. When I started to write it, I had no idea where it was going.That is usually the case with most things I write. The end often surprises me

    and it did in this case.

    What I am trying to say to you, my reader is, Now is the time to stop

    dreaming! It is time to turn your dreams into realities. It is time to water

    those seeds and allow them to grow. Your inner spirit will not be truly happy

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    until you do.

    As soon as you finish reading this article, and without further delay, start

    trying to fulfill your dreams.

    I honestly hope that this will help you is some small way to become the

    person you were meant to be. I know the writing of it has helped me.

    Best Wishes,

    Mark Goodwin (a.k.a. Zut Moon, a.k.a. Moonfish)

    September, 2011