Monday, March 12, 2012
Do What You Have to Do
(**That's me in the aqua tie-dyed shirt, seated on the bank reaching for the two-year-old.)
The babysitter of the two and four-year old girls had missed the curve, missed the biggest trees, thank goodness, and bounced off a smaller tree in the water and flipped, landing on a downed tree that kept the car from sinking into muck and a foot or two of water. They were in shock, but fine. I told them to sit down beside the car and wait, then I called 9-1-1. Once authorities arrived, I carried the two-year old to the bathroom to calm her down, then brought her back to the EMTs and moved out of the way. Cops and firemen took it from there.
I've been deemed the hero of the cove this week. The mother of the girls came by the house a day later to thank me. But I don't think I did anything other than place the call and take a toddler to a potty. So many said they weren't sure they would have run to the wreck, ready to jump into the water, and may have just called 9-1-1 from a distance.
When I speak to groups, I'm often asked questions like:
1. How did you ever find the time and patience to traditionally publish?
2. How did you know to develop FundsforWriters?
3. How do you have the confidence to speak to writers?
4. How do you do what you do in a 24-hour day?
5. How did you know to do anything you did would be a success.
Two answers address the wreck and writing:
1. You just decide to do it and proceed.
2. You don't think about NOT doing it.
If I'd thought about being sued, or worried about seeing dead or grossly injured people in a wreck, it would have wasted precious time. Same goes for writing. If I fret over what I might not do right or what might not work, then I waste precious energy that could be spent on moving forward, seeking success.
I'm not extremely successful, as far as some definitions of success go. I do, however, know what I want. I want to be a writer, telling stories and enlightening people with my words for as long as I can. So I keep writing and keep figuring out how to remain a writer. No doubts. No second thoughts. No worrying what people think.
Somehow I think that subtle forward motion without stopping to worry about consequences, is the key.