What Are You Willing to Give Up?
Posted by Sue
Do you ache and yearn for something to be different in your life? Anything? What? Most of us want. The trick is, how to get what we want.
What do you want? Do you want to be a writer? A published writer? A best-selling writer?
Or maybe you want a better relationship with your spouse? Or child? Do you want peace in your life? Or maybe you want excitement or to travel? Do you want to learn something? How to play a musical instrument? How to speak another language? Do you want to be happy? Have your children respect you? Your spouse to love you?
What are you willing to give up to get it? Ah, there’s the rub. Stop and think. If I want this, what must I do to get it? What do you give up? Time? Money? Privacy? Or even more difficult to give up: Your anger. Your arrogance. Your self-righteousness. Being right all the time, even when you’re wrong. Blaming others. Refusing to say, “I’m sorry.”
Tradeoffs. We can’t have it all.
If we want to be a writer, then we must write. Time must be taken from the day and set aside for writing. Not playing computer games. Not doing Twitter. Not marketing. Writing.
If we want to be a published writer, then we must hone our writing skills, learn to revise and edit, edit, edit. Time again. Perhaps money, too. Taking courses to learn new methods. No matter how good you are, you can always learn something new.
If we want to be a bestselling author? If I knew the answer to that one, I’d be rich!
What are you willing to give up?
About SueFrom the time, as a young girl, when Sue read the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis, she was hooked on fantasy. She loves to read fiction and write within many genres, but she always winds up going back to fantasy. For years she has had fantasy stories spinning around in her head and now that she is retired from many years of teaching, she is putting those stories into book form. She has many interests, including quilting and playing the mountain dulcimer, but writing is the most satisfying of all. Sue lives in the great state of Maine with her husband of 38 years. She has been a factory worker, a waitress, a librarian, and a teacher. Her biggest job was being a mother and she has three grown children. Now that she is a grandmother, she is enjoying that role immensely.
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