Saturday, August 28, 2010

Past and Proper Perspectives

I'll admit it, I have a hard time keeping things in perspective sometimes. I'm amazed at how easily I can forget how far I've come and how much I've accomplished in the past few years.

Ten years ago, I was working in a stressful job that I hated, but I knew I had to do it for a certain length of time for my eventual retirement. I had twenty-six people working under me, and several of them resented me and were determined to make me look bad. A few were even openly hostile. My boss didn't support me, and the employees knew it and would whine to her if they didn't like a decision I made. I worked 40+ hours every week and had to play office politics for far too many of those hours. I found myself with very little time to do any of the things I enjoyed.


Five years ago, I no longer had my stressful day job.


True, I had very little money, but my time was my own to do what I liked to do (writing). However, I was struggling to find an agent, a publisher... anyone who would read my manuscripts. I felt like I was beating my head against a wall and getting nowhere.

Eventually (about four years ago), all that changed. DOUBLE YAY!!

I finaled in a couple of contests and I SOLD A BOOK!

Today, I have three published books on the shelf and they've each sold thousands of copies. Not as many as I'd like, but certainly more than I ever dreamed possible ten, or even five years ago! Not all has been going smoothly in my writing life these past few months, so I need to stop and remind myself of all the things that have gone RIGHT.

Do you have any methods or tricks you use to keep things in their proper perspectives? I'd love to hear them!


Helen said...

Aunty Cindy
My saying is every cloud has a silver lining and things will get better I have loved all three of your books and I know I will be reading new ones before long you are too good a writer for someone not to publish them.

As for me I too do not like going to my job anymore things have changed a lot in the 20 years I have been working there and I feel that the higer management only thinks about profits these days don't get me wrong I know companies are in business to make money but sometimes I think that is all they think about then I stop and tell myself that I do have lots of friends there and I need the money (to buy more books of course) LOL and that I will keep going to work and do my job until such time as they get rid of me and then I will manage some how.

Have Fun

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

AWWW! Thanx Helen,
From your keyboard to some publisher's ear. :-)

Doesn't sound like things have changed in the workplace since I left it at the end of 2003. I always hated when a new administration came into the state and then we got a whole new set of directors! Except nothing really changed for the better. :-(

Hang in there on the job. Retirement is definitely worth waiting for!