Back in the dark ages, when I went to college, one of my classes studied “The Peter Principle,” “Parkinson’s Law,” and “Murphy’s Law.” There were books. And discussions. And the class was actually a study of government bureacracy, case you are wondering. *koff*Forty*koff*five*koff* years later, I can still recite those laws, principles, corollaries, etc. that we studied. I can’t remember my cell phone number but I can remember those darn sayings. Anyway, what does this have to do with writing? Since I normally relate the tidbits the Universe drops in my lap to writing. Bear with me.
Silver, have I ever told you about, “The Law of Relevance”?
It goes like this, “No matter how scared, or tired, or ill you are; no matter how lost, or confused, or desperate you become; no matter how lonely, depressed, or cranky you feel… if you just do what you can, with what you have, from right where you are, IT WILL ALWAYS BE ENOUGH.”
Pretty good odds, huh?
Your legal beagle,
Silver, do you think “cranky” should have been used like that?
I had to laugh at the “afterthought” because my current hero is a bit on the cranky side. Jack would argue that observation but it’s true. And that definitely describes me before at least two cups of coffee in the morning. Some days, it takes three. Anyway.
Here’s how it relates to writing–at least as far as I’m concerned. I have a constant battle with depression. For several years, I managed to lose myself in the stories I created in my head and wrote down. And some were bought and published by publishers, others I published myself. And then self-doubt hit. And I didn’t do much of anything for over a year. So I did what I could. And I felt guilty about it because it didn’t seem like enough. At some point, here recently, something clicked in my head. “Do what you can, when you can,” a voice said. So that’s what I did. And I got a book finished, edited and published. And now I’m almost done with another book, though it won’t be published until February ’21. But see…I gave myself permission to do what I could do, with no guilt. Okay, without much guilt. And then the Universe reinforced that voice in my head. Bottom line, do what you can, when you can. In the long run, it all evens out and IT WILL ALWAYS BE ENOUGH! Now, I’m going to start my second cup of coffee so I can tangle with my cranky hero. 😉 What are you going to do today?
Back at’cha. 🙂