As I scurry to prepare for my upcoming deployment next month and a last minute trip to Lake Como, Italy next week, time is slipping away from me. I'm a planner, so when I feel overwhelmed I create a schedule. Life decided not to cooperate this time. A friend asked for my assistance with a federal job application. If anyone has ever applied for one, you know what a bear they can be. My deadline for feedback is Sun. My crit partner met editors and agents at RT and received requests for partials and fulls from her pitch ... BTW yippie! I need to review her first three chapters, deadline is Thu while I'm on vacation. Then I need to provide feedback on the rest of the manuscript a week thereafter. I have a writing/revision laundry list of my own, but I agreed to help my friend and my awesome CP.
Why? Besides the fact that's what a friend is suppose to do, I believe in Karma. Rather than dwell on the naughty things I've done in my life and hold my breath waiting for the hailstorm sure to come my way someday, I like to focus on the brighter side of life. The more I help others and give to the universe, the more I will receive.
I recently resigned from my federal job. Gasp ... shriek. I've heard the rule for unpublished writers: don't give up your day job. I've also heard I'm crazy to walk away from a federal job, where it only takes five years to get vested, and I could get credit for my active duty military time. First, breaking the rules can be so much fun. Dare to live outside the box and I guarantee you will enjoy life more. Second, a touch of insanity is like a pinch of salt bringing out the flavor in a dish or a splash of color adding life to a mosaic. People may call me crazy, but I've never been called dull.
I decided not to hold on to a job that wasn't bringing me joy and run on the hamster wheel for five years because there may be someone else in the world who might want my job, love doing my job, and might be made happier if they had my job. I know I will be happier having more time to focus on my passion.
Once again, releasing my job and letting someone else in the universe have it is all about Karma and having faith in an abundant universe. I believe the type of energy you put out in the world will come back to you.