So. Remember when I rocked the failboat and tried my hand at the 3-Day Novel Contest? Remember what I learned from that experience?
Divine intervention will not come to you. No matter how many good deeds you have done in your life, no matter how much you pray for it, it will not come.
It took me a while to remember. This became more clear as I reflected on my professional discontent.
Happiness is an interesting thing. People can bring it into your life, for sure, but only momentarily. Happiness won’t last unless you make an effort. There are a few adages, in various word arrangements, that reflect on the fact that only you can make yourself happy. Other people, puppies, rainbows, sex and sun-shiny days just serve as (fun) distractions. If you’re unhappy, you’ll get back to being unhappy unless you make the change.
I’ve believed this for years, but I don’t always practice it. Why? Why would I allow myself another day of “FML?” Yeah, I don’t know either, so I won’t. (Yes kids, things will make me sad/distressed/afraid/etc, but I don’t want to be unhappy.)
So! As I’ve done before, I vow to do things to make me happy. Walks, writing, eating better, etcetcetc – the things you’ve come to expect of me. As I’ve done before, I’m tracking my progress on a public forum. As I have not done before, I’m advertising this fact to everyone I know through this blog and its update on Facebook and Twitter. The more people I feel held accountable by (whether you read this and that or ignore it all completely, I will know that I’ve posted this, I will know that you could be reading it, and I will feel guilty if I let it all slip by the wayside because it’s not just me anymore), the more likely I will be to maintain a schedule.
In partnership with the wonderful world of The Northlands, I present to you:
An Honest Fox.
It’s been a great start so far – let’s hope I can keep it up!
Oh. And folks? While you’re checking out my thread on The Northlands (NL), you should explore the whole forum. Then join up! There are some pretty amazing people there who are doing some pretty amazing things.