When someone asks me what I do for a living, I tell them that I am an author! Generally what happens next is that that they ask me what I have written lately. Now, I always have something with which to respond, everything from a really cool article for The Magic Happens, to being able to talk about my latest book. I guess what makes it even more exciting is that I can actually feel the excitement building inside of me when this happens and of course, there was a time when this was not the case.
Back, not all that long ago, I was almost apologetic regarding the fact that I was a “writer” as though, perhaps this was not enough. After all, so many people who write do so as a hobby, hoping and praying to pen the great American novel in their spare time. Funny thing about me, when I treated my writing as a spare time activity, I didn’t do anything but accumulate a boat load of writings and rarely, if ever, published much. Something needed to shift for me, I needed a change in how not only I was approaching my writing but what I was doing with the ever mounting pile of words.
Well, something did change and can you guess what it was? I fell in LOVE with my work! Absolutely I did! I became enchanted with the creations of my labors and suddenly, it was game on, all bets off and the tide turned. What I had seen as simply something I did for momentary amusement, a way of blowing off steam or at the request of someone for a special occasion, turned into me seeing a value and worth in my skills.
Vanity you say? Not at all, not at all. To fully appreciate who you are or something you do is not vanity, it is the one thing we want everyone else to do for us but that is not how it works. If I am not taken with what I have to offer, darn few others will either. Once I found the reasons to be moved by what I was writing, I could convey that to others and in most cases, the reactions were equal to greater than what I could have hoped for. Enthusiasm is contagious!
Observe couples in love, it’s a grand experience to see the energy between them and once you allow it into your heart, you can feel that magic in your own life. Suddenly colors are brighter, laughter is delightful and everything tastes better! Ah, bring on the love and let’s have some motion into our emotions, right?
So this is what happened for me and now when someone asks what I do, it is with confidence, I tell them that I am a writer, an author of books and I smile. What I believe they hear is that I am happy and I sense they see is my heart smiling and what I hope results is that they are inspired to find that enchantment for themselves some way, somehow, somewhere, someday!
I invite your curiosity to visit my Author Central page to see what I have been up to lately and enjoy reading my writings!