I’m so pleased to have my longtime online friend, Bonnie Dodge, as my first guest of the year. I admire her writing and her philosophy below, too. Enjoy!
Resolve to employ more common sense
This week social media sites are rife with advice. I will lose weight. I will eat more vegetables. I will exercise every day. Everywhere I look someone is posting goals or resolutions. As for me, I gave up goals and resolutions. Now I rely on common sense.
Because I’m lucky enough to do something I love, I rarely need to be motivated to work. Yes, there are days I’d rather clean the toilet than face a blank page. But a writer’s work is always there, waiting to be finished, edited, and published. It never goes away; it never ends. I learned years ago that setting goals like, I’m going to publish my novel this year, or I’m going to sell four articles this month is unrealistic. In this business there are no guarantees. There’s only the work and the necessity to keep going. I can’t tell you how many writers threatened to stop writing only to find their book published or their articles sold and their career launched the very next day. It’s almost as if there’s this precarious balance. You’ve worked as hard as you can and you seem to be getting nowhere, then suddenly a balloon pops, your work is accepted, and you’re on the other side. I’ve seen it happen so many times that I’m a firm believer persistence pays off.
So I’ve come to believe in common sense and hard work. No matter how I plan, something is bound to go wrong. Yes, I would like to lose weight, and I give it my best shot, but I also know I can gain five pounds over a holiday weekend. Yes, I will eat more vegetables, until I get so sick of lettuce I can’t look at a salad. I will walk ever day, unless it rains or the wind rattles the window. Everything in moderation. The key is to keep going.
As you contemplate the New Year and the things you want to achieve, toss in a large dose of common sense. Believe in yourself; believe in the process. Then give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.
Best wishes for a successful and prosperous New Year, no matter what your heart desires.
Here’s info about my book Waiting:
Three generations of Foster women–senior citizen Maxine, attention seeker Grace, and aspiring artist Abbie–think they are nothing alike. But they all share a secret. They wait. For love, for attention, for life, for death, for Idaho’s warm, but promising summer to return. In their journeys between despair and happiness, they learn there are worse things than being alone, like waiting for the wrong person’s love. With sensitivity and humor, Waiting carries readers into the hearts of three women who learn that happiness comes from within.
BONNIE DODGE is co-author of the anthologies Hauntings from the Snake River Plain and Voices from the Snake River Plain and author of Miracles in the Desert, a book of essays about Twin Falls, Idaho. She is an award-winning writer and has won honors for her short stories and novels. You can find her at her website, Facebook and Twitter.