I got a letter in the mail last week informing me that the publisher I had sent my manuscript to, was not interested in pursuing it. For a minute I was hurt and sad, almost offended. Then I realized that to my knowledge, I don't know anyone who has ever received such a letter. I have decided to look at it as proof that I am putting myself out there, going after the life I want and taking the risks to get there. When my posterity see and read that letter, yes I am putting it in my book of remembrance, they will know that I tried and hopefully it will be there beside the acceptance letter and my published book! But even if I am never published, I will have the experience of trying. That is exciting!
This thing we call living, can be really scary sometimes. Putting ourselves out there in front of others is scary business, but I am sure that it is worth it. At least that is what I have been told! Maybe this fear is why I get so many questions and funny looks about turning off the T.V. When we go against the norm it makes others nervous, it reminds them that there is another way. It puts a mirror up and sometimes people don't like to see that things could be different if they put the effort in. I know I find it hard and sometimes down right terrifying.
I love the quote that Nelson Mandela used in one of his speeches, it is actually by Marianne Williamson...
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates other" ~by Marianne Williamson~
This is one of my favorite quotes. I guess there are those that don't want the "permission to do the same". Until there eyes adjust, the shine might be too bright to look at. That does not mean that we should hide our light.
Soooo, I am going to tweak my manuscript and submit it to other publishers, I am going to take a look at my list of goals and I am going to begin, again, to try to accomplish some of them. I am going after my dreams, I am going to try to make my light a bit brighter everyday! Maybe if you do the same, together we will be able to live the lives we were sent here to live, accomplishing those things that will bring us true joy and happiness!
...I hope you will have a brighter day today, I plan to!