Happy Thanksgiving Day, Writers
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
What Writers Should Be Thankful For
Happy Thanksgiving Day, Writers
We each should be thankful for what we have, and that includes our memories, experiences, and the people in our lives. We live different lives so we may not be thankful for the same exact things, but certainly we can identify big and small things and people to be thankful for. People mistake being thankful for settling or compromising, as if the moment you acknowledge satisfaction with what you have you’ll no longer want to pursue anything else. It’s okay to pause and reflect on your life and to like what you see and to realize you don’t want to lose what you have.
You may, under closer examination, determine you have little to be thankful for, but you may be too harsh, too judgmental, or unaware of the value of what’s in your life. However, such an honest reflection of your life will no doubt uncover some things you want to change, improve, start, or stop, but resolutions will come soon enough for the New Year.
So before you toss aside parts of who you are, stand up and be thankful for your life.
In particular, as a writer, think about what you have to be thankful for. I’m not talking about your relationships, family, job, health, wealth, or anything else. Just think about being a writer. You should be thankful for:
1. Nurturing and developing your talent.
2. Giving the gift of your words to others.
3. Getting paid to dream, to explore ideas, and to share opinions.
4. Being in a position to impact and influence the lives of others.
5. Having the ability to change your mental landscape with the stroke of a pen or computer key.
6. Being in a position to craft new worlds.
7. Finding and accepting your path in life through the written word.
8. Having the intelligence, courage, confidence, and experience or training to produce the quality and quantity of writing that you are capable of.
9. Trying to understand the world – and then translating it for other people to read.
10. Independent bookstores, libraries, schools, and all of the wonderful places where our books and words can be read for years beyond our lifetimes.
I am thankful for life, and that life is tied into my writing life. I don’t know that I’d be alive –or living fully – if I was not able to write. I need an outlet for expressing who I am, what I witness, and what I imagine, question, or challenge.
The world looks better when filtered through my writings and your writings. May we all have a blessed Thanksgiving Day and realize we have a lot to be thankful for. And if you truly feel you can do better, rewrite the life you are living. Life is what it is, but as a writer you can mold it into what you want it to be. You create the life you lie and it begins with the books that you choose to write.
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