Monday, November 23, 2009

Making It Count


I've been a little busy. Sorry for the lack of posts during the last week.

My son's school play is about to hit the stage - full dress rehearsal tonight with an audience, and they're on every night through Saturday. Ambitious for a school play? Perhaps.
But for these young thespians, some like my son, who have just another year of school left before college, know they need to make it count.
And they do.
It's a valuable lesson for anyone who needs a boost with whatever they're struggling with at the moment. These kids have been in rehearsals since September. I've only been helping out the past few weeks and I'm already tired. I know how hard these kids have worked. I know they have to be exhausted. But the time has come. They will let their talent speak for them this week.

I will tell my son what I've told both my kids ever since they were old enough to understand.
Do your best, the rest is out of your hands.
I have to remind myself of this constantly as I go through life as a writer, doing my best to make it count.
As I get stuck into an other round of revisions, I wonder if it's going to be good enough.
Doubt creeps in.
I know I can do it. And I want to make it count.
Another important life lesson that I want my kids to get is this.
When it's not fun anymore, stop.
I don't mean that in the sense of when life gets hard, hit the road. Not at all.
I mean to say, enjoy what you're doing! If you love your work, be it on the stage, out in the mission field or behind a computer, you will persevere through just about anything because you know it's going to be worth it in the end.
So as we enter the busiest week of the school season for us, I'm going to keep these things in mind.
Whatever you do this week, make it count.

Sarah in Swaziland this past summer

Chris in last year's production - Little Shop of Horrors


Eileen Astels Watson said...

Do your best and enjoy what you're doing. Great counsel!!

Awesome pics, too!

Patti Lacy said...

LOVED seeing the picture of your Sarah.

Both mission-minded girls. Praise