By Cait Collins
I recently challenged my 2nd and 3rd grade Sunday school class to make a list of things they were thankful for. Most of them came up with some pretty good answers. They realized they should be grateful for food, clothes, family, friends, and their church family. Why is it that kids seem to see the good things and are happy for them while adults often lack the ability to see the importance of these simple things?
Too often we focus on what we don’t have. For example, if you submitted a manuscript but it was rejected, were you disappointed or did you accept it as one opinion? Think about it. The next agent or editor may view it in a different light and make a good offer. Don’t quit, submit it to someone else. Or, self-publish your story or manuscript. Above all be thankful for your ability to craft a story. Many people think about writing, but never put pen to paper.
Be thankful for your family or critique group who help you make the story better. Be grateful for technology and the avenues for self-publishing. Writers have more options than ever before for getting their work to the public. Do not overlook the opportunities.
I wish you and yours a happy and safe Thanksgiving.