Thought for today: Joy is found when we live in the moment.
It's hard not to think/wonder/worry about future. This is true for life in general, but it applies to writers in a particular way--namely, we're always looking ahead because our goals/dreams don't exist in the now.
We plot our stories. Planning=dreaming about when we'll finally be finished=looking ahead.
We wait to hear from agents. Stalking email=obsessing about the future=looking ahead.
We angst over the editors who have our stuff. Fearing rejection=worrying whether we'll get published=looking ahead.
If we could just stop LOOKING AHEAD, we might be a little happier. A little more content to take our next breath, our next sip of coffee, our next morning walk.
Writing is slow, publishing is slow. If we live our lives craning our necks to see what tomorrow and next week and next month and next year will bring, WE WILL MISS TODAY.
I'm learning this lesson one heartbeat at a time. In writing and in life. And I'm finding that, even in the midst of things I can't control or don't understand or don't like, I can find joy in the moment.
May you find your joy today.