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Monday Mayhem – Joy Thievery

Posted on Aug 28, 2017 by Maggie Wells   6 Comments | Posted in Blog

Sadly, my favorite picture of Teddy Roosevelt has proved to be a fake.

But one thing the 26th President got right was this little gem:

It’s true. People rarely come out feeling better about themselves or their accomplishments when they hold them up against someone else’s.

We tend to stop and look around when we are needing some kind of validation we’re on the right track, but it rarely works out for us in a positive way. There will most likely always be someone smarter, richer, funnier, more talented, more successful than we are at that moment.

So, as the nuns used to say, keep your eyes on your own paper.

I know it’s a lot easier said than done, but you have to keep working on it. Like meditation, or yoga, any practice that forces us to look inward can be uncomfortable. But in the end, those are the ones that help use find peace, become more flexible, and ultimately, allow us to celebrate our achievements on their own merit.

So, if you feel the need to stop and look around, focus on enjoying the last of the summer flowers, the sweet stickiness of a campfire s’more, or the hum of the cicadas. Soon they will be replaced by breathtaking autumn leaves, crisp breezes, an pumpkin spice scented toilet paper. That’s when you’ll realize there was no point in comparing the two seasons. They were both just doing their own thing.

Do your own thing. Keep your eyes on your own paper. Try not to anyone thieve your joy. I may not ever ride a moose, but neither did Teddy Roosevelt.

Not that I was looking.

This week’s celebrations:

Cover art for LOVE GAME! This will be the cover for my first mass market paperback release, coming to bookstores near you in Feb 2018!

Trade paperback copies of PLAY DATES (Oct 2017)! These are much prettier in person. The lighting in my house is horrible.

Hope your week is as fabulous as you are!

 

 

 

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6 Responses to "Monday Mayhem – Joy Thievery"

  1. Comment by Toni-Ann Myers
    August 28, 2017 at 8:06 am  

    Mags, I love you and I really needed this message today. Thanks.

  2. Comment by Julie Evelyn Joyce
    August 28, 2017 at 8:11 am  

    Very wise words, Ms. Wells! I won’t let anyone steal my joy from me. I’ll just keep on riding my moose. Mine’s real.

    Those are some beautiful covers! Can’t wait for the big release days!!!

  3. Comment by Michelle Kelly
    August 28, 2017 at 8:15 am  

    I cannot wait for that pumpkin spice toilet paper! What a fabulous cover for your mass market book. I am so excited for you!

  4. Comment by Nancy
    August 28, 2017 at 8:17 am  

    Wow, just wow. Incredible important message today. We all need to be reminded of this today. Thank you.

  5. Comment by Carol
    August 28, 2017 at 10:09 am  

    The cicadas in northeast Indiana probably feel inadequate because the katydids are totally kicking their butts this season. Good message, great covers! So excited for you, and for us readers!

  6. Comment by Laurie
    August 28, 2017 at 10:25 am  

    Love the covers. I’ll just continue to enjoy every little thing.

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