Our world, of late, is filled with discouraging news. Hearts grow heavy over this bombing or that weather event; tragedies follow one after another like words on a page. As if this isn’t enough, we also struggle with personal issues – shaky marriages, slumping careers, debt, poor health, family dysfunction – striving to get ahead, get hold of ourselves, to control our own destinies.
I don’t have all the answers, only encouragement. I’m right there with you, struggling, so this little pep talk is self-help as well. One thing I do know is this too shall pass. And it will pass more amiably if we do the hard work of looking for what is already good.
“Fix your thoughts on whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” – Phil. 4:8
It’s not a simple fix, this recipe for living well. It’s a starting point. A perspective from which to view the world in more favorable light. There will still be struggles and things we can’t control. But if we engage life with a positive attitude, and actively participate with a clear vision for the future, we’ll paint our world as we would like to see it.
Sometimes it will get messy, but as I tell my kids, “If you make a mess clean it up. And even if you didn’t make it, you can still help.” That, and “stop whining, start doing.”
Things can get better. It’s up to us to see and make them that way.
It's an off day. I am finding it a bit more challenging to type, and having to backspace and correct a bit more often than usual. (Thank the writing gods for spell check!) My brain, however, feels just fine despite the fact that I have settled on no topic whatsoever to write about. I've been flitting around the house doing odd chores too, rarely finishing one before I start another, so maybe that’s just how it is today. Maybe I’m supposed to occasionally relinquish the need to elucidate and simply state it how it is. Some days I’m not witty and wise – perhaps more often than I care to admit! – But it doesn’t automatically follow that I have nothing worth saying. There may be long stretches, in fact, of just stumbling through life not knowing what I’m doing. If I keep moving forward though, and don’t succumb to the lie that everything has to be perfect to be worthwhile, then I'm confident that eventually I’ll get where I want to be. And actually… I think I just did.
It seems a long time since I filled you in on the goings on of Emrysia. I recently finished the first draft of Volume III, Endurance, and am well into the second round of edits, almost ready for my pre-readers. This volume, more than any other, has been an extreme pleasure to write. While the first book of the series, Awakening, was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, and the second, Lament, a confirmation of my chosen path, in crafting the finale of the trilogy I am able to see how far I've come as a writer. My process of separating story lines and then interweaving them taught me about the art of constructing a complex tale that is rich in meaning, yet enjoyable on a variety of levels. I'm excited to share it with you! I'm not sure yet exactly when that will be, but I just wanted you to know, dear readers, that I have appreciated your support. Keep the comments and questions coming - the next one is on its way!