I found this quote today while reading agent Rachelle Gardner's blog, and wanted to share it:
“This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don’t consider it rejected. Consider that you’ve addressed it ‘to the editor who can appreciate my work’ and it has simply come back stamped ‘Not at this address’. Just keep looking for the right address.” – Barbara Kingsolver
Easier said than done, Babs, but a good principle nonetheless.
It got me thinking about how we deal with the wait while we work to achieve our dreams?
Are we idiots for waiting? Why don[t we give up and do something smart like go to dental school?
I thought about the idea of being content with your life even if you aren't exactly where you want to be, and these Bible verses came to mind:
2Co 12:9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
2Co 12:10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
That last line really grabs me, and I think it applies to all writers whether they're Christian or not--the principle is the same.
When we are tired of waiting, when we're weary of being rejected, when revisions are piling up and we don't think we can do it anymore... when we face these things that would overwhelm normal people and yet manage to keep the dream alive, aren't we strong?
I think we are :).
We have the power of our dreams behind us, and for me, I feel the power of having a purpose in my life pushing me forward, spurring me on. We know what we want, which is more than a lot of people can say! We know what we need to do to get it, and we know that it takes time. We are strong because we know we can never give up.
We're strong because we won't, not for any amount of money. How many people can say the same?
We're strong because we have each other. We all get it, and we know the journey is difficult, but oh, so worth it. We're strong because we support one another in communities like this!
So, I ask you: What makes you feel strong when you are weak?