We are experiencing what might be called by some, interesting times. Others might call it downright scary or at least unsettling. I’m reminded of a favorite Bible passage: Philippians 4:6-7. The answer to anxiety is found right there!
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
- Petition (ask for what you need)
We are going to concentrate on the third “tool.” Not just thanking God (which is important) but enumerating each blessing. Writers have some unique situations that are real blessings in this interesting time. I’m going to start a list and ask you to add to it in the comments. Here goes:
Blessing #1: Most writers’ offices are already at home. Everything’s at hand to write without having to relocate.
Blessing #2: Had this happened last century, with libraries closed and on site research impossible, it would have hobbled us, but these days we have the internet (love it or loath it) with more resources than we can ever use.
Blessing #3: Our families are used to living on meager rations (like no eggs, milk or bread in the house) during deadline fervor. They are immune to food panic.
Blessing #4: With kids and spouse at home, surely they can pitch in to do the daily chores to allow you to continue to work. Right?
Blessing #5: Writers need time to plot and plan. Lots of alone time. With no luncheon get-togethers, meetings or car-pooling, we writers should be able to plot or plan a number of books.
Blessing #6: Writers also need space to dream. Michael Hyatt suggested this today– “Ask yourself, “What does this make possible?” Why not make a little space for yourself to consider new possibilities? I say, pour a steaming cup of coffee or a cup of fragrant tea, grab your fountain pen and a notebook and start doodling ideas.
Blessing #7: I’ve had more communication with editors this week than I’ve had in a long time. This is just a guess but I’m thinking that, as they are now set up to work at home, they have far fewer office responsibilities and long meetings and more time to dig in and work.
Blessing #8: Fashion takes a backseat and gives us more comfortable writing time. This may not apply to our male writers but with stores like Ulta and Sephora closed for the duration, I’m thinking we need to ration cosmetics and go barefaced, no matter how scary. Plus I’m guessing we’ll have far fewer blondes and seeing more and more silver hair if this lasts for any length of time.
Blessing #9: And speaking of fashion, you may have started out thinking that without having to go to meetings or out to pick up the kids, etc., you’d opt for worn jeans and a soft tee. As things tightened down, you might have even pulled out the old sweats. It won’t be long until we’re staying in the softest PJs we have.
Blessing #10: The way we writers have always connected online, we’ll have no dearth of friends during this time. We introverts were made “for such a time as this.”
I could go on and on but we writers are uniquely blessed at a time like this. Please comment and add your blessings to the list.
Sending sanitary, long-distance hugs to our whole Books & Such community.