This season of Thanksgiving calls to mind a quote by the 18th-century Scottish writer Alexander Chalmers:
“The three grand essentials of happiness are something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for.”
For those of us who write, we can be grateful that the “something to do” part of that is pretty well covered.
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Every now and then, a friend will stop by our home and venture into my office. They’re usually surprised at what they find there. Books are standing or lying on bookshelves in some kind of semi-organized chaos, and the three-door closet is covered with Post-it notes I’m using to plot my next book.
The desk is a riot of papers, laptops, to-do lists, notes, and more books. Whiteboards lean against walls that are covered with pictures and papers, and the back of the office door has more lists taped to it.
Invariably, someone will ask, “How do you get everything done?” The answer is simple: I don’t.
One of life’s greatest blessings is, I think, to have more to do than one can possibly get done. I’m happy to tell the story I’m working on as well as I can, aware that there are many more in the future. I’m like a kid in a magnificent toy store, captivated by the puzzle I’m trying to put together and excited by the endless supply of new and shiny artifacts yet to be tackled. I am so grateful, and I’m reminded of another wonderful and timely quote, this one by a 13th-century theologian:
“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” –Meister Eckhart.
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So, TKZers: Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for all the wisdom shared here over the past year!
Do you have more to do than you can ever accomplish? What things in your writing life are you grateful for?
I’ll be traveling today, but I’ll check in whenever I can to respond to comments.
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Private pilot Cassie Deakin has something to do: find the culprits who assaulted her beloved uncle. But can she accomplish her mission before she becomes the next victim? Buy it here.