This morning, I’ve got Theme on the brain.
She likened theme to a string truths. Like a necklace.
Theme of my current novel in progress: You don’t know mercy until you receive it.
Theme of my current short story collection in progress: Without community, we wander aimlessly.
Theme of my current week: What the hee haw is going on?
No. That’s not a good theme. Sounds a little too bitter.
Life throws curve balls. DUCK!
No. That is the exhaustion speaking.
Oh. I’ve got it…
When things are not as planned, you must work to see the good in all the unexpected things.
Right now, in my life, I’m squinting, trying so hard to focus on the good.
My boys were to start preschool this year. My daughter, kindergarten. I was to have all kinds of time to write a second novel, a collection of short stories, promote “Paint Chips”.
That all looked real good to me last spring.
But the preschool shut down. My daughter is still on the waiting list at a charter school. I am homeschooling. All three of them. Two of them are more eager to learn than my speed to print more worksheets (they love worksheets!!!). The other fights against me. He just wants to color.
And I have, once again, over-committed to outside things.
Coming off a summer of struggling to write, I long to write…but have little to no time to do so.
On and off, I’ve had the feeling of walls crashing around me.
And that makes me feel selfish. Like I’m stuck in my own big old pity party. And nobody brought cake. 😦
So, here I am, trying to look at the good.
More time with my kids. Getting to share in their learning.
Those are the best good things. And those are the two that I can see right now.
What about you? What’s your theme right now? A lot of us are experiencing changes. How are you doing with them?