“Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.”
― Robert Brault
Do you ever have one of those days? The kind of day where no matter what you do, no matter what happens, whether you are involved or not, nothing goes right?
Today was one of those days.
The writing usually goes well, but on this kind of day, the fact that you’re in the room means everything will go wrong.
It is as if some kind of cosmic energy is following you, and the energy and you are out of sync and there is no getting on the right track.
Writers have those days, and we recognize them, but sometimes we have a hard time letting the day go.
The truth of the matter is, we all need to accept some days it’s simply not your turn. For anything. Just let it go.
Your agent didn’t get you, your editor wasn’t listening, your partner lost patience. Stuff happens, or it doesn’t. If you spend your time and energy waiting for people who are occasionally clueless to apologize, you are going to waste a lot of your life.
In this life, we get a specific allotment of time. It’s set down for us in twenty-four hour increments, and we all or each, get the same twenty-four hours. No more, no less. that’s right , on this one thing we are all equal.
I for one, don’t believe it’s smart to waste time expecting behaviors from people who are clueless to begin with, do you? the alleged definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect different results. Isn’t behavioral expectation about the same thing? If they didn’t get it the first time, why would they need to apologize for it now?
The critique partner who just didn’t like your story and didn’t want to say so, so she nitpicked everything instead of being honest. Let it go.
The agent who suddenly discovers you write horror and she can’t represent you. Let it go.
The editor who decided this morning she wants a completely different story. Let it go.
Remember, letting go is the only control you’ll ever have.