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Success and Illumination

When You Are Committed To Writing For Illumination

What is Illumination, and why am I committed?

Image by Dieter Seibel from Pixabay

I wish I had taken that picture.

Oh, how I wish I had taken that picture.

As a photographer who loves to take pictures in Nature, oh, how I wish I had shot that picture. But I didn’t.

Do you think the photographer got lucky and he had a great camera? Or do you think there is more to it than meets the eye?

Writing is like photography, and this is a perfect example of what the ILLUMINATION motto stands for.

In case you’re not familiar, it is as follows:

Diversity, Synergy, Fusion, Serendipity


The photograph depicts the diversity in Nature. The magnificent Grey Heron and the beautiful Blue Arrow Dragonfly are the undeniable center-stage attraction. Also present in the picture in all its subtlety is the green vegetation and the blue sky. What we do not see is the body of water and the marine life that brings the heron to the location.


There is the synergy of all that diversity coming together and creating a perfect moment — the dragonfly landing on the open beak, the look in the heron’s eyes, and the contrasting colors. The sharply focused details of feathers, the blurred and out of focus vegetation, and the sky all add to the beauty of the image.


It is evident to me that this is the work of a professional, or at the least, an advanced hobbyist photographer. It is the work of someone who has an excellent camera, and not only knows how to operate it but also understands the principles that make for a great shot. It’s the fusion of art and craft. It is the fusion of study and practice, as well as knowledge and imagination.

A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, that no man could have dreamed would come his way.


Those who do not understand serendipity would call it a lucky shot — a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Those who are ignorant will say that he had a great camera. But the fact is that it was a combination of study, preparation, and consistently showing up that presented him with the perfect moment. I can assure you that it was only a moment. It is not an everyday event that lasts for a long time.

Success is not an accident

ILLUMINATION is one of the fastest-growing publications on Medium, if not THE fastest-growing, and it is not an accident. Just like the featured image, it is a result of the concerted efforts of many diverse people working in synergy to create the fusion of ideas that are the brainchild of Dr. Mehmet Yildiz.

As William H Murray of Scottish Himalayan expedition said, and it is one of my most favorite, and oft-quoted statements:

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself then Providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in ones favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, that no man could have dreamed would come his way. ~ W. H. Murray

Whenever people come together and follow a leader who has a clear and well-communicated idea, magic happens. Serendipity and Synchronicity are unavoidable. Those observing from the outside couldn’t understand it and call it luck, but it is a result of the Laws of Natural order.

If you’re not yet a writer for ILLUMINATION, I have one simple question for you.

What are you waiting for?

Never Blue — Photo by Rasheed Hooda

As always, thank you for reading and responding.

More about me:

Rasheed Hooda is a published author and a regular contributor to ILLUMINATION, a writers’ community on Medium where writers support each other.

He is a self-proclaimed weirdo who lives a Freedom Lifestyle and writes about related topics — Travel (a top writer), Personal Growth, Freedom, and entrepreneurship. (Get the Newsletter)

You can let others tell you what it means to be successful, or you can decide it for yourself.”



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Rasheed Hooda

Rasheed Hooda


Self-proclaimed weirdo. Jack of Many Trades, Master of Some. Author, Speaker, Photographer. He walked on Route 66 Chicago to L.A.