September Theme: LIFE PRESERVERS
By Marcia Thornton Jones
- Know when to detach. There are things I can swim around; then there are things that are going to smack up against me no matter how hard I’m paddling. If I let my sense of self-worth be attached to the willy-nilly publishing currents I would surely drown. That’s why there are times I need to let go and take my chances dog paddling until I find a better current.
- Stay grounded. When I’m in over my head it’s time to head for the shallows to regain footing on solid ground. Staying connected by remembering why I write in the first place makes it tougher for the currents to wash me out with the riptide.
The only way to learn how to swim is to dive in and get wet, but some days I feel like all I’m getting is a snoot full of water for my efforts. Remembering to stay grounded, know when to detach, and that I am surrounded by a supportive community makes it a lot less daunting—and at least with writing I don’t have to wait thirty minutes after eating before jumping in!