St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. Born in England, he was captured and made to serve as a slave in Ireland. He did escape to his home country, but God sent him a vision and he returned to the Emerald Isle to convert its people to Christianity. The shamrock was revered by the Druids, thus St. Patrick made use of the symbol. He explained the Trinity, the belief of three divine entities- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit- encompassed by the one God. St. Patrick’s Day, considered a holy day by many, is celebrated around the world, with twice the number of people around the world claiming Irish heritage(myself being one) as lives in Ireland.
Today’s popular culture considers the shamrock a good luck charm. I don’t believe in luck…Okay, maybe a little. I do believe when it comes to a writer’s life, there is a sort of triad involved that has nothing to do with luck and a lot to do with our commitment to the perilous undertaking of our craft.
What does it take to make a commitment work? When we began to write, we entered a relationship.(Some of us entered into many relationships, but that’s another post). Like divorce rates and foreclosures, promising writers end up on the sidelines, become statistics. What will it take for you to keep your commitment?
One writer’s “trinity” may be different from another’s. I’m sharing mine with you. I think the following three are the essence and fire of true commitment:
Vision: I refer to The Dream. They vary-from success with indie publishing to signing an agent, or the published author’s hopes of hitting the NYT bestsellers list. Why is it vital to commitment? If you’ve received a rejection letter, or struggled with your story, you will understand this:
“Dissatisfaction and discouragement are not caused by the absence of things but the absence of Vision.”
Passion: There is some debate about passion vs. commitment. I believe passion, if we understand our desires and purpose for what we write, is conducive to commitment. Let your passion, not only for writing, but for whatever makes you smile, infect your work. Each writer and artist has a free spirit inside.
“Passion is the genesis of genius.”
Dedication: Set goals. I joined an online writer’s group that’s sole purpose is goal-setting and accountability. This helps tremendously. As a mother of three, one a two-year-old boy, I know life happens. I dedicated fifteen minutes a day to writing, no matter where I am or what I’m doing. I’ve written while dinner cooks or with the kiddo clambering in my lap. “Think big, start small” is a great motto.
“The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.”
~Cecil B. DeMille
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all our readers and a toast with none other than a frosty mug of green beer.
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