Have you ever had a week when your brain has just been overwhelmed?
How about brain fry?
Or when you tell yourself you just can’t learn anything else.
Well, that was my week last week.
I’ve learned that writing a book is a lot more than just sitting down and writing. I find writing easy. I think it’s because I read so much, and question so much that there is so much cramming my mind, if I don’t write, I’ll burst.
But all the rest of it? Oh, my goodness.
I’ve learning how to do things on my computer that are way beyond my skill set. Then there’s developing an e-mail list. After the e-mail list is developed I have to learn how to use Mailchimp, make better use of social media, create a “reading” group to pre-read, work on a “launch” and oh, yes, learn how to publish an e-book. Unless I go the traditional route, hire an agent, and so on.
Then I am using Mindmeister. com to develop a strategy for how to accomplish all of this.
I also belong to a number of “writer” type groups on-line and they all have tons of videos I’m trying to watch.
And this doesn’t count all the personal Bible study I feel is necessary. I don’t want to write anything in my devotional that I can’t back up in Scripture knowing, of course, that we all don’t all agree on the interpretation. I want this book to be written with integrity. I’ve never even considered making money at it.
It’s my mission-maker, not my money-maker.
So why am I sharing this?
I think you’ll find it helpful for you as well.
Because there is no way I can do all of this without making some major changes in my life. It took me some time to get here, but at least for now, I’m here.
I can’t go to Hobby Lobby just to look around. I really don’t feel any kind of browsing in any store is an option for the next few weeks. Goodwill shopping every other day is out of the question. As is DIY’ing anything that requires more than just a quick spray paint job. Redecorating the house? Nada for now.
I will continue with my art because it relaxes me and creativity is something I recommend in the book as a method to fight depression, so I need to take my own advice.
This was a wake-up call for me just today as I sat on my deck and read, studied, typed, etc. I’ve tried to deny it and work around it but for right now, until this book is done, this is how it has to be.
I love what Charles Spurgeon stated:
“By perseverance, the snail reached the ark”.
Don’t you just love that?
I am determined to reach my “Ark”. At this point, I want it available to anyone who needs it. Writing it has been a joy. I’ve learned even more about depression (and myself) and what is really great is that I’ve learned nothing really new, meaning I’ve done my homework. If there were a lot that was new, it would mean I hadn’t researched well at all.
Plus, sometimes I had written something I instinctively knew was true, but then I found the research to prove it and I felt validated.
So I’m sharing my journey with you because if there is something “big” you are trying to do, and especially something big for God, there are some things in your life that are going to have to “go”, not for good, just until you reach your goal. That’s the process part.
And speaking of goals, you need to develop a strategy for attaining your goal. The strategy and the process is even more important than the goals.
You know that snail? He could’ve wanted to get on the ark all he wanted but if he didn’t have a strategy, in this case perseverance, his goal was just the carrot at the end of the stick. (Do snails eat carrots, I wonder?)
Anyway, if God has called you to do something, do it with all your heart. Spend the time necessary. Do all the basic hard work and much of the hard work is mundane, boring, and seemingly nonsensical.
Have a blessed day.
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