Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Keeping your eye on the ball

I'm still thinking about the U.S. Open. About Kim Clijsters, to be specific, and something she said about how she managed to hang in there against some pretty tough competition to with the tournament. I can't quote her exactly, but it was something to the effect of, "I just focused on each individual point--putting whatever just happened behind me." She described how even though the goal of winning is always on her mind when she plays, she had to focus on each point, one at a time, to get there.

That's a great description of where I am now.

As I mentioned, we've taken a little vacation to catch our breath--so far we've gone to the beach, enjoyed lots of hugs and long talks...and taught my niece to jog! (She and I determined that the secret to running a long way is making sure you have a swingy ponytail and relaxed thumbs...)

Today I got the cool news that my editor loves my new book (!!!) which is a great way to kick-start a new chapter in life. We've found a new apartment back in the Boston area, and have been welcomed home most enthusiastically. We're starting to feel like ourselves again, which is good. We just keep focusing on the next point.

How about you? How do you put the past behind you and keep your eye on the future?


heidikins said...

I am waiting for drops of wisdom to materialize...

so far, I've got bupkiss.


Abby Green said...

Yay for the editor loving your new book!!! :)

LEstes65 said...

I'm jealous of your editor. I can't WAIT to read it!

How do I put the past behind and keep my eye on the future? Depends on which of my life sub-plots you're talking about. But for The Horror Show I like to refer to as "2007", it was a minute to minute request to God to rip the past events from my clenched fist and keep my eyes on Him. And right now, I'm less focused on a future than I am just very very focused on the extreme here-and-now. I think once I get a job, I'll have the luxury of sitting down and imagining some kind of future.

Heidi said...

can't wait for the new book, am super jealous about the editor's first peek ;) :)

I keep my eye on the future by keeping faith that everything happens for a reason and everything will work out the way it's supposed to...even if it's not what's expected.