Monday, October 26, 2009

Chosen Path

Good Monday morning! I hope ya'll had a spectactular weekend...or at least didn't hurt yourselves?! ;) I began my Monday morning with a sick teen man/child and a dog who couldn't wait to be let out. *sigh* Lovely. I want to be grouchy, but I just read a post from one of my blog friends and feel uplifted for some odd reason.

Have you ever wondered how some people manage to work through adversity? Whether you're working full-time outside of the home and go home exhausted only to start your second job as mom in charge, or you're a stay-at-home mom trying to find time to write between children wanting, fighting or whining. I'm a stay-at-home mom and I don't know how I ever worked two jobs as a single parent. You just do it. You could have 10 children or none at all. You may have a simple cold or life altering disease. Maybe it is/was a rejection on a manuscript you absolutely feel is a best-seller. We all have our conflicts, internal and external roadblocks.

Isn't that what we torture our characters with? It's our job to create substantial conflict to sustain it through to the end. Have you had a professional, a reader or crit partner question the character's motive or strength of conflict? What may be enough to some, may not be worthy to another.

You may not even be a writer, but I think most of us have a chosen path. It may change tomorrow for whatever reason, choices come with consequences. Good or bad. I think it's all about how we roll with the punches. Good or bad. Is it fate or a higher power that changes the path for us or helps us keep our feet planted firmly along the journey? Have faith and confidence in your choices. Have faith in your path and it'll shine through to those chosen to be a part of that path.

6 comments:

PatriciaW said...

I think of each as having a pathway lined on either side with doors. If we keep going straight ahead, we're on our path. If we veer off, because God allows us the choice to do that, it might be a blessing and it might be a challenge. Either way, it becomes part of who we are, as we continue down our path.

Cindy said...

What an encouraging post. Having faith in your path is so important. It changes your outlook on your circumstances, good or bad. And, if you're a writer, it makes for strong characters that readers want to root for.

Terri Tiffany said...

Thank you for this post. It is really timely for me today. we need to make the most of what we are given.

Tamika: said...

Thanks Chelle!

This is our journey, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

I couldn't turn back even if I wanted to.

Happy writing...

Chelle Sandell said...

Patricia ~ I agree with you. I'll post today about a personal situation about dealing with the path changing without choice.

Cindy ~ It definitely creates depth for our characters!

Terri ~ I was thinking about you, honey, and the choice your facing in reference to the advice you were given. It truly made me think about something I'm going through.

Tamika ~ I feel the same. Our journey often includes twists and turns and we must learn to deal with them as they come along. ;)

Chicki said...

Insightful post, Chelle. I have questioned the path that I've been on as a writer at least once a week, but I pray and ask God to show me whether or not I should remain on this road. Since I haven't heard him say, "Get out!" I'm hanging in there ...