Monday, February 2, 2009
I have received emails or a phone call from four different people, in different professions, in the past two days telling me they are feeling overwhelmed. I looked up the meaning of overwhelmed. According to The American Heritage Dictionary: To overcome completely, either physically or emotionally. Well, I think those are pretty strong words. Overcome completely, either physically or emotionally. I wrote a poem last week, just about those emotions. I think from a writers perspective becoming overwhelmed encompasses the many hats we must wear. Writing isn't simply sitting down to write. But in fact, that's the fun part. Writing involves re-writing text you poured your heart into, thinking you would be the next John Grisham or Mary Higgins Clark. Only to learn you need to start over. That's overwhelming. You can only be overwhelmed, overcome completly, if you give in to it. Create a mental picture of you being the overcomer~ is that a word? Take the reins. Stand up and say to yourself, I can do this. I will not let (whatever you are feeling overwhelmed by) get me down. Now, go look at yourself in the mirror and smile. Take a deep breath and pat yourself on the back. Let me know you are feeling better. I'll be praying for you.