I love to smile. No really – I do. I catch myself smiling for no real reason…just to smile. You know, the kind of smile we had as a kid – when simply getting up in the morning was a reason to smile. When our whole world seemed like a fantastic adventure…
We often lose that smile as a teen. More so as an adult.
But not me.
At least, not most of the time.
Oh sure, I still get down. Really down. Profoundly down even. I mean, I am human – I do have the full range of emotions coursing through my veins just like everyone else.
But even then, I am happy deep down inside. At my core.
So, what does this have to do with writing and this crazy publishing business I now find myself in?
I think anyone in any job has to find their inner happiness BEFORE they are successful. All too often we rely on external events to determine our level of contentment – our happiness. We say things like, “I’ll be happy when I find an agent” or “When I get the book deal, I’ll be happy.” Trust me, I know this happens – I have been guilty of it myself.
But you know what? Happiness should come first.
Christina Katz addressed this is her ezine, The Prosperous Writer, this week (and BTW, if you aren’t a subscriber to it you TOTALLY should be!), stating:
“if you are unhappy, you will want to get happy before you try to build or extend a writing career. Because if you try to build a writing career on top of unhappiness, you are building it on sand. And it may stand in the short run, but in the long term, it’s going to sink”
So today I challenge you to smile – find your core of happiness and build your writing career from that place. I bet you’ll be amazed at how differently you feel – how much less the rejections inherent in this business seem to sting, how much improved your prospective is on things.
At least, I know that is how it is for me…