Monday, June 23, 2014

My Favorite Year by Margo Hoornstra

My favorite year? That's easy. The one I happen to be in.

Not that other years in my life didn't qualify as favorites. The year I graduated from high school then college, got my first real job, got married, gave birth to four children - including two at one time. The year I retired from my day job to write full time. The year my first book was published. Each year as subsequent books of mine came out. The years each of my grandchildren was born. All those many years have had their moments, good and bad. If I really thought long and hard, all of them could probably have their own events to earn them favorite status.

That still doesn't make those in the past any better than those in my present, and my future.

Recently, I had a minor health scare. Something which turned out to be a non-issue, but had me concerned, no terrified, just having to think about it for a couple of weeks. Frittering some time away on line, trying not to think about it, I came upon a horoscope which seemed to be written just for me. Why does it seem so much easier for you to believe that something bad can happen, but so much more difficult to trust in your good fortune?

That's one of my failings I'm trying desperately to turn around. I tend toward the catastrophic, bad catastrophic in most of my what if thinking. The trait serves me well as an author seeking to put this character and that into situations it seems impossible they'll ever get out of. In real life, thinking the worst all the time isn't the best way to go.

You've heard the saying, You are what you eat. In the thought process, Your beliefs and ideas become your life. If you think positive thoughts, you'll enjoy positive results, right?

My favorite year, right now, is 2014. As the years unfold in my future, each one I'm sure, will have the potential to become my favorite of all as well.

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Leah St. James said...

What a great outlook, Margo! I'm like you--I find it so easy to assume the worst-case scenario. Yes, it does help with plotting! But it's also a giant stress. I'm so glad your issue turned out to be NOT a big one.

Jannine Gallant said...

I like the "positive thoughts produce positive results" scenario. So, I'm thinking very positive about my books flying up those best seller charts. LOL Let's see if it works.If it does, I'll think the same positive thoughts for the rest of you!

Margo Hoornstra said...

Leah, thinking positive as a hard-fought road for me. Seems to come with the territory of being a writer. Best.

Margo Hoornstra said...

Jannine May all of our books fly off the shelves. Onward always.

Alicia Dean said...

Great outlook. I've been trying to do the same, look for the positive. It's not really difficult, because I have a lot of positive in my life. It's just a matter of remembering to appreciate them. I'm glad your health scare turned out to be only a 'scare' and maybe it was just what you needed to remind yourself to live for the moment. ;)

Margo Hoornstra said...

Alicia. That's how I'm taking the health thing, as a boost to better things. I too have tons of positive in my life. May it continue.

Barbara Edwards said...

I love your positive attitude. I;m a glass half full pe3rson myself.

Margo Hoornstra said...

Me too, Barbara. One of my many vices. ;-)