April 13, 2008

Those Unexpected Gifts, if You’re Ready to Listen.

One of the things I find so exciting about the writing life, actually life in general, are those things that seem to come out of nowhere. I see them as rewards for those of us who refuse to quit. In fact, this hit me the other day when I was wondering about several writing-irons I currently have in various fires. I was frustrated wondering if I might finally hear back from someone on these projects.

     I thought about the thing writers both fear and tend to experience frequently: Rejection. Those niggling thoughts crept in making me wonder, should I stick with it; is it worth it? Well, sometimes folks say things, even profound things, but if you’re not ready for it, the speaker’s breath is wasted. Conversely, something said, though simple, can hit like a ton of bacon bits.

     I was enjoying the banter during a teleconference for an on air publicity club I belong to run by my friend and mentor Wayne Kelly, when another friend and motivator Tony Dyson (creator of R2D2) said, “Keep it going, keep it going, keep it going, and you’ll make it,” regarding promoting your passion. Seems pretty simple right? But when it comes at a time when that precise discussion is rattling around in your own teeny little head, the impact is magnified.

     And as Tony added when I thanked him for the comment, “…if you like a word, why not say it over and over again[?]”


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