Our society tempts us into quick fixes, to make a buck, to get by. But as writers, we are called upon to take the long view of our lives. We ask questions such as: What am I passionate about? How am I using my gifts right now? Where do I see myself in five years? In ten years? How can I make my talents and passions a bigger part of my life? Not long ago, I wrote in my journal:
How different it would be if I looked patiently at the long view of my life. I wouldn't jump into so many temporary fixes; activities just to quell the waiting.
Working and waiting go hand in hand. Choosing the writing also means facing the dilemma of living with the writing, working at it, revising, struggling, sharing. In order to go through these actions, we need to have a greater vision than just getting by in the day-to-day. You have chosen to write, to make a way for writing in the busyness of all your other responsibilities. You have taken the longer view.
Where are you taking the short-term urgent view of your life? Where are you looking at the l-o-n-g haul? Write about this.