|The first Wednesday of the month|
is time for Insecure Writers
hos Support Group, hosted
by Alex Cavanaugh and his
excellent team. Click here for a list
of all the participants and to join in.
What better way to deal with insecurities than to gently wrap them up in gratitude? I have been keeping a "1000 gifts lists" on my personal blog for nearly four years now, and I just reached 800 things to be grateful for on my list. I've also noticed how in those four years my perspective on life has really changed.
I'm still insecure and worried about a lot of things. But purposefully seeking out things to be grateful for has provided a mysterious and wonderful strength to face the hard things in life.
|hosted by Sheri Larsen|
Insecurity: I worry that being an introverted writer means I can't connect to most people
Gratitude: I'm thankful for being introverted. I may not be the life of the party, but I know my friends and family value me for being a good listener, for being empathetic and sensitive to what others are going through
Insecurity: I worry that the time I spend writing could be better spent elsewhere
Gratitude: I'm thankful for the joy writing brings me. The joy of a new idea, and the joy of revisiting old writing and seeing new potential there.
Insecurity: I worry there will be so many rejections they will crush my lifelong dream.
Gratitude: I'm grateful for the rejections that also contain a note about the things they liked in my writing, or a hint about what didn't work that I can learn from.
Insecurity: I'm not consistent enough. I don't write everyday. I'm too on-again, off-again.
Gratitude: I'm thankful I always come back to writing, and that I can balance my life with other important things.
Right now this week I'm grateful for a critique partner who read the latest version of my manuscript and said "This is ready to submit!" and other complimentary things. I love how she described my characters just the way I wanted them to be.
I'm also grateful for another, unexpected compliment from an acquaintance that I have a "gift for teaching kids" - as a homeschooling mom and a Sunday School teacher, that compliment was a great gift and encouragement.
I'm grateful my daughter's broken arm is healing nicely and I'm grateful that even though the car I wrecked last week isn't fixed yet, no one was hurt in the accident and meanwhile I have another vehicle to drive.
What are you grateful for this week?