PRODUCTIVE MONDAYS

       The Serenity Prayer
       
       Writers would be much more productive if they would rely on
       the serenity prayer in their daily writing lives. The serenity prayer
       says: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot
       change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to
       know the difference.”
      
       Now, how can writers apply this prayer to their writing life? I’ll
       divide the prayer into sections and then offer you some tips on
       how to achieve that kind of serenity in your writing life.
      
       Let’s start with the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change.
       How can we manifest this in our writing life:
      
         Don’t worry about rejections;
         Write despite interruptions;
         Don’t let other people’s opinions of your writing hinder
           you;
         How long it takes to receive a response from an editor.
      
       Let’s examine next the courage to change the things I can.  You
       have a lot of power here to have serenity.
      
         Try to continue honing your writing skills;
         Always try to do your best;
         Never undermine your time at your desk;
         Give yourself positive feedback and affirmations.
      
       And, the wisdom to know the difference. This one is a bit harder for
       writers to achieve without some effort and discipline. There are
       some things that you can’t change and that you can’t do anything
       about. For instance, you can’t control something that is beyond
       your control. Know what those things are and don’t let them upset
       you, as much as this is possible.
      
       ~ Happy writing and serenity.
       ~ Irene

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