It’s Thanksgiving this week here in the United States. I’m going to use this occasion to bring up something that has been eating at me a little bit lately. You could call this a bit of a rant, although I’m not much of a ranting type of person.
Please, can we all change our attitude a little bit? As I weave my way through the world of self-publishing and writing, I hear way too much complaining. Enough already!
If I hear another …
“I won’t make enough in sales this month to buy a lunch”
Or, “I’m a starving author …”
Or, “I can’t afford that …”
Or, “My anemic sales …”
JUST STOP. Yes, I’m screaming.
What do we think is going to happen if we keep repeating all of these things over and over and over? Of course, they are going to happen. It’s the law of the universe!
I’m not saying that they can’t be true; just stop talking about it. We are the luckiest people on the planet. We get to escape to our fictional worlds and leave the real one behind. We get to create masterpieces from a thought.
… We get to INSPIRE people.
… We give people hope.
… We help people develop a passion for reading.
… We help people escape the realities of their lives.
… We make people laugh.
… We make people cry.
… We help people realize how lucky they are.
In some cases, we help kids learn to read. I received this email a few months back from a librarian at an elementary school in Hawaii.
“… I’m not sure if I told you about Reese. He was a struggling 6th grader who had a difficult time adjusting to a new school environment. He was also not a reader but he had to find something to do a book report on. I knew he loved baseball so I pulled your book out, mainly because it was recommended to me by another student who plays baseball. He begrudgingly checked it out and when he came back to return the book, he had a big smile on his face and said, “This was a great book! Do you have the next one? …”
This is why we do this. Let’s be thankful for what we do have—no more complaining about what we don’t have. Can we do this? The next time you’re ready to throw out another tired cliché, stop and think about what you are saying. Reword it into a positive before it escapes your lips. We’re AUTHORS for crying out loud; we should be able to revise our negative statement into something positive.
Meanwhile, wherever you are in the world, whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, stop for a moment and give thanks. While we’re at it, I’d like to say thank you to Indies Unlimited for providing us a platform to share and thank you readers for making Indies Unlimited so successful.