Chronic complainers baffle me. I look at life in two percentages: 81% and 19%. I believe that 81% of the things in our lives are things we can change and about 19% is stuff we can't. Why complain about something that we can change? I wasn't happy with how the submission process was going for me after years of trying so I simply decided to change the situation and self-publish. I could've spent that time scorning all those that rejected me but perspective tells me they have their reasons. All I can do is respect that fact and move on. On another note, there is no point in complaining about the things we can't change. I will never be 6'. Ah well, what are you gonna do? It's all about perspective...
One of the greatest challenges about writing is the ability to power through the opposition, and writers deal with lots of opposition. There are the normal trials of life, being work, family, and whatnot. Then, there's the all-too-awesome writer's block. Gotta love that. Sometimes you just don't want to write. At all. Period. You'd be amazed the excuses I make to get myself out of writing. Your ability to persevere, to power through all that, and pick up your lazy fingers and type (even if it's just a sentence), that's what makes you a writer. Doing the hard things even when you don't want to. Writing when it hurts.
Enjoyed learning from Ezra 3 recently. If you haven't gotten a chance to read that chapter in the Bible, check it out. The Israelites worked together to build an awesome temple. Using teamwork, they did a great thing. Many people rejoiced over it, but some people wept aloud because they missed the old temple. This chapter showed me three things. 1. Great things happen when you work together as a team; 2. Even when you're trying to do something good, everyone is not going to like it. I have to remember that as I publish my books; 3. Change can be hard, but we need to embrace it If we are to move forward. Don't want to say I know everything, but I'm willing to bet the new temple was better. New can be good. Don't be afraid to try new things.
I started this entry talking about complainers and I'll end it the same. Kevin Love. The guy drives me absolutely insane. For those of you that don't know the situation, Kevin Love currently plays in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves. The team hasn't gone to the playoffs since he's been on board and now he wants to play for a winner. To me, Kevin's situation falls in that 81%. He wants to play with a contender, but why not help turn Minnesota into a contender? It has been shown over the years that, while a star player can't win a championship by himself, he should definitely be able to nab a playoff spot singlehandedly. Get to the playoffs, attract better players. Attract better players, your team is better. Your team is better, you become a contender. I know it's a lot to think about, but it's definitely doable. Some people just don't want to put in the work. They would rather complain.