Guest post by Martha Ramirez
“Rejections are often gifts of direction.” –Paul Young
This quote is hanging on my refrigerator under a Footprints magnet. It is one of my favorite quotes and when times get tough, it helps get me through that ripple in the road.
5:30 a.m. the alarm clock rings for Hubby. I contemplate if I should rise and shine, and fire up the good old laptop, but instead I yawn. Exhaustion whispers that I need to sleep in longer. Just a little longer. After all, my four-year-old has bionic ears and somehow knows when I get up. Thus, my plans are now not what they seemed to be.
6:30 a.m. rolls around and I peek open an eye. I decide to get up and start what I finished. And of course by this, I mean where I left off in my writing, but first I go through my emails. It generally takes me an hour to go over them. During this time I also read up on agent’s and author’s blogs and enlighten my brain some.
So here I am, just about to dive into my writing, when a little hand tugs my arm and interrupts me. “Hug, Mommy, hug.”
I smile and allow myself a short break, even though I haven’t accomplished much yet.
Ah, the story of my life. The day pretty much gets interrupted by this loving hand that demands a hug or a walk to the park.
But back to the point of: “Rejections are often gifts of directions.”
Writing and caring for a family is a difficult task, but perseverance somehow finds a way into my heart. Tackling a writer’s journey is not easy. That is why there are so many who quit. Where there is a will, there is a way, and God certainly has His timing for the way.
Patience is a virtue. Waiting to hear back from submissions definitely tests your patience but then again, so does my four-year-old.
Mommy, writing, and wifey duties can take a toll, but somehow it all works out. I find that if I start my day off in prayer, everything seems to take me in the direction where it should be.
Life is a Journey meant to be enjoyed. May yours bring you great joy!
P.S. If you ever need some up-lifting, I have some encouragement on my site below. (Click on the encouragement link.)