Every morning I get a note from “the universe.” I’ve always had this idea that life on Earth was like an extended Outward Bound program. Just an exercise, really and not to be taken too seriously. I also enjoy the idea that all sorts of angels and other cohorts from “the universe” are watching us, cheering us on and giving us a leg up when we need it.
Anyway, that’s why I signed up for notes from the universe at TUT Adventure’s Club. I get one each weekday morning in my inbox, and while I know they are written by Mike Dooley, the TUT founder, I like to think of them as messages coming directly from my own personal angelic cheering team. Time and again, my note from “the universe” is exactly what I need to hear that day, I thought today’s note was especially appropriate for writers:
“Any attempt to measure one's progress in life with an assessment of their present physical surroundings, or even a panoramic glance at their life and times to date, is just plain "whacked." The reason being is that each journey, kind of like a haircut, should never be fully appraised until it's complete. Otherwise, one might mistaken a miracle-in-the-making for a setback, loss, or the "wet-look."
Your cosmic barber and de-whacker, The Universe
Lately at A GOOD BLOG IS HARD TO FIND we’ve been talking about rejection and reviews. Every writer is going to face scads of rejection along the way as well a lot of criticism, some useful, some not so much. But what we all have to remember is both things are just part of a rich and ultimately satisfying journey of growing into the writers that we ultimately want to be.
Don’t isolate an instance of rejection (or even a spate of rejections) and let it make you feel less than fabulous. Instead try to see rejection or criticism not as a stop sign, but just one of many signposts on your way to the bestsellers’ list or whatever your benchmark for writer success might be.