"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." - Henry David Thoreau
Besides thinking of our Veterans, which included reading about, and posting an article about Veteran’s Day on facebook, I also wanted to spend the day off being productive. Did I accomplish my goal? You be the judge.
10. Number of submissions sent via e-mail this morning
9. Number of submissions I sent this morning still pending (I already
received one auto-reply e-mail that the agency is not accepting
admissions until February 2010)
8. Quantity of dishes fed to four children for breakfast and lunch
7. Number of hours I had four children since waking up this morning, until
two of them were picked up by their mother
6. Areas that were cleaned by children and me
5. Quantity of main dishes, soups, and sides made for dinner tonight for
my children, and separately for a friend, my husband, and me
4. Number of children in my house since 7pm last night
3. Times that the dishwasher was emptied and reloaded
2. Loads of laundry washed, hung, dried, and folded + types of
seafood purchased at the fish store
1. One tired chick.
0. Amount of jobs to apply for, after searching the Internet
I can’t tell if the Thoreau quote applies to me in a positive or negative way. If I’m busy looking for a job and submitting manuscripts, will that make me successful? Or does the very act of looking make me less likely to be successful? If I don’t look, how are employers, agents, and publishers supposed to find me? What should I be busy doing instead? Perhaps I should have found a better quote. Thoreau has helped me in the past, but this time, I think he’s too ambiguous. Will the mere fact that I was busy ensure success? We’ll see, Mr. Thoreau.