If you need a little boost to your Monday morning, go take a peek at Robin Bielman’s latest blog post, "Are you successful?"
All too often I find myself in the trap of comparing myself against everyone else, and coming up short. When I hear the words “Are you successful?”, my first thought is "At what?" I look at my day job, and compare myself to coworkers who routinely work twice the hours I do before going home and reading software manuals, and think, "No way am I success at software engineering." I join writing pals for my weekly crit group and see two contracted authors and one agented one, while I have an inbox full of rejections and not-quite-finaling contest entries and think "No way am I a success at writing." And then I go home to piles of laundry, terrible-twos-tantrums, and too many dinners of hotdogs or frozen chicken nuggets and think "No way am I success at motherhood."
Its way, way too easy to fall into that trap of seeing everything that’s wrong instead of what’s right. And today, what’s right is this: I have a wonderful husband of eight-and-a-half years (almost fifteen years together as a couple!), two beautiful and smart children, a good job that is flexible enough for me to be home with my kids when I need to be, and a writing hobby that’s a heck of a lot of fun, even if I never make a dime at it.
Thanks, Robin, for reminding me this morning about what success really is.