I am so grateful to be able to have a place to share my writing thoughts and learn from others. I feel like even if I never have any of my work published I'm still so lucky to have the opportunity to share with others who enjoy the same passions.
I have loved all these posts my fellow MMW have been writing this last while. I am especially gratefull for Kasey's Clicking posts. It's been such a great reminder to me, especially when I hear about all these horrible and sad things happening all over the world, to keep my thoughts positive. I don't think any of us can reach our full potential if we are weighing ourselves down with our own negative thoughts.
Over the last couple weeks I have had plenty of opportunities to feel frustrated and down. I've spent a lot of time praying for help to keep myself positive. As I would ponder on these things happening in my life I would get the same impressions and thoughts: It's EASY to despair and give up. It actually takes a bit of work to stay positive, but if you let the frustration in it becomes a slow leak, pushing the goodness out as it fills you with negativity.
We can't afford to let the negative stuff take over our lives. There's so much good in all of us that we can offer the world, all of which would be snuffed out if we gave the darkness and hardships of the world the opportunity to take us down.
Whether in my own writing struggles or the challenges of life, this message has been made very clear: Work hard, do the right thing, not necessarily the easy thing, and we all need knuckle down and put our best efforts into overcoming what waits for us in the future.