The National Novel Writing Month, affectionately called NaNoWriMo, is in full swing. Do you NaNo? I am honored to be the Liaison for my Region. I take care of small details and set up events for my Region. We meet together, for those interested, every week. I’m a sometime coach and general encourager.
This year we have more under 18 writers than last year. I’ve been surprised at how a small encouraging word makes a big impact. One author was ready to quit and is now strongly powering on to the finish. One young adult, barely over 18, made a comment to me in an email.
“I’m behind just a little in my word count but I really want to catch up, this is my last chance to be an author.”
Did you just hear the brakes of my virtual car slam on? I could swear they did and a 20 car pileup ensued. I wanted to ask, who has been filling your mind with rubbish but refrained. My job is to encourage not to solve the issue of world peace or even home peace.
I hope I managed to convince this precious writer that it is not the last chance. They are writing between 250-500 words in each 10 minute virtual word sprint. I have reasoned with the writer that if you can write that many words in 10 minutes, why can’t you find a 15 minute chunk of time to write every day. Hide in the bathroom; write in bed after lights go out. Write over lunch (I do!). It’s o.k. to write in public just as it is o.k. to hide your writing in secret. It is not o.k. to quit on yourself. Don’t give up your dreams no matter who tells you are not ______ enough.
Jesus only gave us two rules to live by: Love God, Love Others. During this Thanksgiving season, do your own personal reality checkup. Ask yourself:
- Do I express my thanks and appreciation to God and others?
- Am I kind to myself?
- Am I kind to others?
- Am I paying too much attention to what others say?
- Am I paying attention to my goals and dreams?
- Am I thankful?
It is a rare honor to be able to convince someone to believe in themselves and to reach for their personal dreams. Be so thankful and kind this Thanksgiving that someone will be encouraged because you are alive! Go change someone’s world for the better; it might be your own.