Monday, October 25, 2010

Good Things In Life Take a Long Time

Patience. Persistence. Perspiration.

Sometimes I'm not sure I have what it takes to keep on keeping on. With my writing. With my work. With people who inadvertently hurt me and the ones I love.

I'm tired.

But then a few things happen and I get pumped again. People are reading my stories. Not writers, but readers. I found out today a student in a New England college, tasked with finding a story on-line, chose one of mine posted at fictionaut. They discussed it in class. My words had utility and, I hope, resonated.

This moves me.

A friend is sharing several of my stories and poems with her book club.

This also moves me.

A pharmacy student comes by with chocolate she brought back from an internship in Geneva.

This moves me, and makes my taste buds sing.

And then, after a less-than-optimal weekend, I hear this song and am reminded that there are good things, always, in life, if you hang in there long enough...

Peace, Linda


  1. I was surfing the blogosphere today and returned to a site that I've grown fond of, Editorial Ass, and was looking at links on the side bar, and behold- there was you! I thought to myself, "that Linda chick really has her wits together." You're tired, but maybe for a good reason : )

    How wonderful to know you're stories are being talked about. In the end, that is what we all strive for.

  2. I'm thinking that it's all about the cycles, Linda. You've hit the trough and now begin the, that video takes me back to the 80's. Or was it the 70's...

  3. Life is funny like that, isn't it? We get into a rut, plodding along and then eventually sinking to where all the crud is. Then something pleasant and unexpected happens and we start that upswing.

    I'm glad you're out of that cruddy bottom. You belong up with the cream.

  4. Thanks Erin! I MISS Ed Ass, but I understand the fatigue factor of keeping up a blog.

    Alan, yes... life cycles and I am in a trough of sorts. And I think it was late 70s. God, isn't Chicago great? Searching, the crazy horns at the end. Peace...

  5. You got chocolate from Geneva? (you have so much to comment on here but I always go for the food)
    Glad to hear things are on the "move."

  6. It is all these little things that do add up to make life.. well life. We never really know how we impact others. How wonderful to have these not-so-by-chance happenings all strung together - go you.

  7. I think sometimes we need that encouragement and motivation to keep us going. I just found out today my latest blog post is being read in a couple of classrooms. Albeit it concerned bullying, still I never expected that.

    People are reading you, because they enjoy what you've written. That in itself is something to strive for. (Hugs)Indigo

  8. yes, it's so easy to get derailed... thank goodness it is so easy to be reignited.

    funny, must be in the atmosphere. i kinda wrote about this today, too.

  9. When you're tired Linda, rest. It's one of the best things you can do for yourself.

  10. It's not always easy to stay motivated, especially when you're feeling down. At the same time, if you hadn't been feeling down you might not have appreciated the great things that happened afterwards as much. You might not have been as moved.

    I'm happy that life brought you back up to a motivated state again. We need you and your writing around, Linda.


  11. I am so psyched about the student in New England and your other readers!! I get the tiredness, though, I've been feeling it a lot the past few months, too. Do keep hanging on, but, I agree with Mark--take a break!! For me, things have always been better after a little time off to catch my breath and get a different perspective--and see things in a new way, moving me forward creatively and in other ways. Maybe it would work for you, too. Sometimes the way I hang on is by letting the pressure go...

  12. Hey girl,
    I haer you. It seems we get exactly what need at just the right times. You're such an inspiration to me, girl. Keep on keeping on. This is a graet song BTW.

  13. Thank you all for the encouragement. I WILL take a rest, but after the stuff that's out of my control gets under the control. I'll be heading down to NOLA in three weeks for a gerontology conference, but will also use some of that time to recharge.

    It's more missing that quiet time when ideas and words and life have space to breathe. That is what I'm missing. One reason I've been scarce on the blog and web-circuit. But I'll be back. Peace...