Friday, September 24, 2010

How long do we have?

Some people believe in reincarnation. Others in eternal damnation, while others in heavenly ever after.

I believe and have always tried to live my life as 'make the best of things now while we are here on this earth.'

How long do we have? Who knows?

One thing is for certain and that's I'm living my dream and pushing forward to make things happen for me. More than that I'm pushing to make things happen for hundreds of writers I have had the pleasure of meeting online over the years.

This picture above symbolizes the reason I push leave something of worth to my family. Whether that worth is monetary or penned words it doesn't matter. What matters is that I have shown them that mom doesn't give up. Mom tries to achieve her goals regardless of the negative feedback dished out.

What has this post got to do with publishing or writing? Everything.

I have seen over the years writers who have given up writing because of the negative forces working against them because they felt boxed in and had no where to turn or trust any more.

I have seen writers who have stood up to fight for their rights and shocked to see 'friends' attack them.

I have seen writers shy away asking questions because others had no patience for newbie questions, forgetting that they, too, were once newbies.

I have seen writers put off their writing because others told them they spend too much time 'playing' and not concentrating on other aspects, like work, family, laundry, taxi driving, etc.

Is there a passion in you to write?

Do you need authentication from others that you are a writer?

Do you want to achieve a writing goal while you still have your noodles neatly packaged and sane? While your eyesight is relatively good to go? While you have all those characters in your head that want to come out and have their stories told?

Are you afraid of rejections?

Regardless of your answers to my questions above the only thing you need to remember is this:

no one has the right to tell you when to write, what to write, where to submit, nor do they have the right to ridicule your passion. You possess a passion to write and this passion needs to be finalized while you are still planted on this earth.

It's unfortunate but we will always be surrounded by negativity. It's how you choose to deal with these situations that will make a difference in your life.

Today I was told of a health issue from a family member which only hit my above motto in life deeper in me. Cherish what you have today for tomorrow may never come. Believe and stand up for yourself because you are worthy.

And I'll part with four important words to remember and say often when negativity strikes,



Roseanne Dowell said...

wonderful words to live by. Thanks for reminding me.

Cellophane Queen said...

Well said. I hope your family member recovers. I also got news of a similar nature about my father today. Small world, eh? Thanks for putting it in a positive light for me.

Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz said...

Lea, thank you for this post. I am one who put off my writing for many years, even though I loved it. I am now at a point in my life where, when someone asks what I do, I proudly say, "I am a writer." There are no guarantees in life, and it's so important for each of us to not give up our dreams.

Lin said...

Lea, your heart, your wisdom, your light has opened the pathway for more writers than anyone I have ever met. You have stood firmly in support of thsoe who have had to go to battle to reclaim the right to own their own voices, giving them courage to continue when the opponent's darkness threatened to still the last glimmer of brightness within them.

I am a writer and have been most of my life, but now I am a writer who has inspired the generation behind me to also give wings to that inner voice and write incredible tales of courage, love, and strength.

Once upon a time I let the naysayers convince me to lock my voice away, it had nothing worthy to say. No more...because my voice is part of who I am as a whole, and by golly, I have a LOT to say.

I believe in reincarnation...but that does not give me license not to be all that I am meant to be during this lifespan in the hopes that next time I can see clearly enough to have my light shine.

You are a beacon.

I have met a few in my lifespan so far, and each of them made me strive even harder to be all that I could and should be.

How long is my tomorrow? I do not know the answer to that question. I already know that I should have died several times...yet I am still here by the Grace of God.

God knew I had more to share of the core that is my voice...after all, our legacy truly is not how much money or THINGS we amass, but how our passing through the roads of life touch those sharing it, or traveling it behind us.

You and those that have nourished the light that is your beacon are in our prayers tonight and beyond. God Keep You All In His Loving Arms.

Viviane Brentanos said...

Wonderful, philosophical post - but then , you are Greek. Love the dogs.


Unknown said...

Quite a moving post and something I think about all the time. It's hard for me to believe I'm turning 65 this year, but when I look back on all I've accomplished with my writing, I'm proud.

I received bad news this week about a fellow author and it hit me very hard. There but for the grace of God, go I, always comes to mind, and I find one more thing to be thankful for in my life. I'm truly blessed.

Lisabet Sarai said...

A beautiful and moving post, Lea,

A decade ago a dear friend of mine was suddenly diagnosed with aggressive ovarian cancer. In the two years that remained in her life, she taught me a great deal about living for the moment -- living for one's dream.

Ultimately, that will sustain you through any tragedy. And when your time is up, you can leave knowing that you've done your best and made a difference.


Unknown said...

As one who recently underwent some of the trials you describe, including having people I thought were my friends attacking me because I dared to speak the truth, I know quite well how true your words are. One thing adversity teaches you is who your real friends are and who you can truly depend on. My Muse sisters and brothers were that for me. Many times while I was under fire I came close to just giving up. But then you, Delilah, Antonia and so many others were there when I really needed you.

I too am a firm believer in reincarnation. But one thing I can say with certainty is that when my time comes for this life to end, I will have left a mark I can be proud of. I am a writer and the people who seek to bring others down didn't succeed in beating me no matter how hard they tried. That is something I am proud of. Bright blessings to you Lea and everyone at Muse.

ChrisChat said...

Well written, my friend.

Christine London said...

Amen and write on!

Debra K. Dunlap said...

Thank you for reminding us all, Lea.

Janie Franz said...

Seize the day! Thank you for reminding us of that, Lea. That's so important, not just for us in our later years, but also for young writers. They shouldn't have to wait until they're 60 to have a book published like I did. And I have you to thank for that--you and the wonderful support of the Muse Online Writers Conference and all of the wonderful writers who uplift each other instead of look at each other as competition. Thank you for all that you do, Lea. The world is a much richer place because of you.

Heather Haven said...

life can be tough. Doing what you love to do makes it easier during the rough times. YOu've given us all a reminder. Happy writing!

Karen McGrath said...

Well said, Lea. Thanks for the beautiful reminder. Praying for your family member.

I am a writer. :)

Marsha A. Moore said...

I'm so glad to know you, Lea. You are an inspiration. Thank you.


Cyrus Keith said...

When I was in the Air Force, my brother, my father and I made an informal pact: After I got out, we would all buy motorcycles and tour the Rockies together.

Dad died at the age of 49, when I was still serving. He had cancer. We just thought he had mre time.

Mark died unexpectedly at age 36, 12 years later. That left just me.

I said goodbye to my little sister in February of this year. She was 46, and had colon cancer. She never got to read my book, or see it being published.

I have one sister and one brother left. We never know how much time we have. We had just best make what we can of what we have.

Nancy Bell said...

Lea, this is why we love you so much! Life will be what we make of it, the good and the not so good. I ended up crippled from a farm accident, lost the job I loved and ended up with pain to boot. However, it also gave me time to research and write my opus "Laurel's Miracle" and to delve into and explore my spirituality. So good things come from bad.

Rosalie Skinner said...

Every day above ground is a good day. It is a gift. Make the most of it, at least enjoy it.
Thanks Lea, for the positive slant.