"Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes." Benjamin Franklin
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Optimism in a Nutshell
Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures. ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.,Life's Little Instruction Book.
There it is. The quote by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. defines an optimist. An optimist keeps a positive attitude by finding the joyful in the small, while looking forward to the big.
For me, as a writer, that means enjoying the creative process, and celebrating a well-turned phrase. It means delighting in the enjoyment others have in my stories, and the satisfaction I feel when they "get it." It means appreciating the work of others, and the help that others give me, allowing my writing to grow and mature--all while I continue to dream and "think big thoughts." When I relish the small pleasures of writing, it makes the long, hard journey of publication so much more palatable, so much more enjoyable.
For me, as a human being, enjoying the small things in life--hugs from my children and husband, a smile of thank you from a stranger, the knowledge I helped someone--keeps me grounded on what really matters in life. It balances me from getting all twisted up when I get a rejection on a story, or I don't meet my word goal for a couple of days.
Writing is a part of me, but it doesn't define me. Writing is a pleasure that helps me be fulfilled, not the end result of my life. By relishing small pleasures, I can be happy no matter what happens in life. And, for me, that is more important than any publishing contract.