“The fact is: Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you are withholding from the world. You are withholding it because deep down you think you are small and that you have nothing to give.” -Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.
I love self-help, new age, spiritual books. I think to be a better writer, being an emotionally healthier and more free person helps. Martha Beck is one of my stand-by faves, but after my uncle recommended this one, and he’s eighty-five and so might know a thing or two, I tried Eckhart Tolle out.
This line effected me profoundly.
Ohhhh, I thought. In order to get a successful writing career, I have to be willing to give it as well. Give quality time to let my muse play. Give time to other writers. Give a peer bestseller status by telling the world about their work. Give good, humorous comments to others’ blogs. Teach what I know. Praise peers. Be sincere. Envy is nothing more than fear and insecurity. To fight it, give more. And do it all without the keeping track or expecting something back.
The wonderful part is, once I began acting with this mentality, I no longer worried about if I get a thing. The giving is so fulfilling, so enriching, that I no longer care.
I’ll write, revise, submit, write some more. The actual success of my career will take care of itself. In a way, that part isn’t actually any of my business.