Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life. Dolly Parton

The Writers Group didn’t disappoint. Hearing what others are achieving and have achieved is so inspiring. A woman came up to me and told me she liked my reading from last month. She’s written a book that is available on Amazon called Love the Journey.

I’ve used pictures of my art on my blog and I printed out some of my blog posts. Yesterday I read the International Women’s Day post. A gentleman I met for the first time was looking through my printed posts and asked if I sell my art. He collects art and is interested in purchasing a piece. I’ll have to think about this, how does one price one’s art?

Another gentleman is starting up a small radio program; he asked if I would want to be a guest? Yes, yes, yes.

An editor came out to our group. She wants to understand the mind of the writer. She wants to understand the difference between those who write because they love it, who feel compelled, find it therapeutic, etc, and those who do it for money and money alone. Maybe no one does it for money alone, because there are much easier ways to make money.

We are told one of the ways to generate passive income is to write a book. Once you write it, the possibility of royalties for the rest of your life is there. Not to be negative, but most writers aren’t getting a lot of royalties, but some are. We always hope to be in the latter group.

There is power in groups. It is inspiring to be part of one. We also heard from one young man that he is stepping back his involvement. He’s young, unmarried, and is beginning to feel the rewards he gets from his writing and performing his poems in spoken word, and seeing his work published is not as fulfilling as what he sees his friends have as they get married and start having a family.

The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man. Euripides

He is actually the one that impressed me the most. When we understand what is important in our life, and put first things first we can enjoy everything else. As a person who put family first and developed my art and writing later, I feel he’s making the right decision.

If we take each season of our life and do the most important thing in that season we will build a good life. Our twenties and early thirties are the time to find a mate and start a family. No amount of success in any field is likely to fill that hole if we don’t make time for relationships.

Everyone may not agree with me, we may undervalue the relationships in our life as we feel let down by them. We expected more, but when I speak to people who no longer have the messy, complicated, cantankerous, demanding, selfish, giving, loving, understanding, compassionate, humorous, warm person in their life they miss all that person was. They miss the good and the bad, the laughter and the discussions that got too loud and too long, the contention and the fun, going out together and spending time in front of the TV with the other person hogging the remote.

When it’s gone, it’s all gone. Our partners aren’t perfect; our life isn’t what we thought it would be. If we are lucky to have a partner, we can make it better. We can laugh more, we can do more, we can have more fun, we can watch sunrises, and sunsets, we can discover new things far afield or close to home. We can start new projects, we can finish old ones.

It is up to us to keep our love affair going. We may think the more we love them, the more we’ll miss them. It may be true but the missing is without regret I’m told because you made the best of what there was.

If we have love in our life, we are blessed. No amount of material success will take the place of love. No amount of books on Amazon will make coming home to an empty house easier.

We should develop our creativity to feed our soul, but we also need to make time for those who share our lives. Finding the balance may not be easy, but then who said life should be easy.

No matter how busy you are, or how busy you think you are, the work will always be there tomorrow, but your friends might not be. Anonymous

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