In looking for words of wisdom from the Universe today, I came across two that seemed destined to be together, to me at least. Perspective plays such a large part in life. I look at the news and want to grab people and shake them, all the while shouting, “Don’t rush to judgement. Wait until all the facts are discovered.” I’m trained to read autopsy reports, to examine evidence, to shift through eye-witness reports. Far as I’m concerned, people need to keep their opinions to themselves until all the evidence is in. And that’s about as “political” as I’ll get. But because of my feelings, this Universal tidbit touched a nerve.
Whenever your perspective on something creates emotional pain, Silver, it’s always because your perspective is still so narrow that you’ve yet to see all the good it will make possible.
Because it will.
Feelin’ better, Silver? You will.
I’m not going to limit the above to the world at large. It also tucks in close to home, to me as a writer. As some of you know from Facebook, I’ve been struggling with the opening chapters of BLUE MOON, the next Moonstruck book. I’m now on my third rewrite/start-over. I’m frustrated, and yes, my perspective is too narrow. And that leads me to the next little message from the big U.
It’s not what one says, Silver, that determines whether it’s true or false, but what they tried to convey. Listen with your heart.
And speak, dear Silver, with your heart, for mere words can be chameleons.
How true is this for a writer? Well, as a person, too, given what I said at the beginning. But I’m withdrawing into my writer’s world so that’s how I’ll approach it. Where this book is concerned, I’ll widen my perspective and I’ll listen with my heart. Okay, characters, start talkin’!