From Overworked, Underpaid Attorney to Carefree Aspiring Author?

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Sometimes I feel like I’m a finely drawn character in a protracted divine comedy. As a practicing lawyer, I spent my days typing, reviewing and perfecting documents, engaging in client interaction via telephone and email, marketing my firm’s services, and preparing for or attending hearings and trials. (Yawn.)

Though I still possess a license to practice law, I changed careers a little over a year-and-a-half ago. (Yea!!!) Now a supervisory proposal writer, I spend my days typing, reviewing and perfecting documents, engaging in client interaction via telephone and email, marketing my firm’s services, and preparing for or attending networking events and conferences. That’s completely different, right? Yeah… no. 😀 😀 😀

Oh, and it gets better. Back in October of last year, I got the brilliant idea that I should write a book—a Christian romantic suspense novel. Next thing you know, I’d completed what I now realize was essentially a rough draft of the work in March of this year. Yea!!! But, guess what? Over the course of the past month or so, I’ve discovered that the artistic freedom enjoyed by prolific, multi-published authors comes at a price. You guessed it. Their days aren’t so different from mine. They write, review, and perfect their books. They interact with their readership via Facebook, websites and blogs. They market their services via Twitter and Amazon. And, they prepare for and attend networking events, conferences and book signings. Anybody else discerning a pattern here, or is it just me?

So, what am I saying? Am I ready to throw in the towel before I’ve officially entered the race? No way. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain (emphasis added)” (1 Cor. 9:24-26). True Christians aren’t quitters. When we’re knocked down, we get up. When we’re challenged, we rise to the occasion. When we’re confronted with a perplexing mixture of absorbing mental employment couched in a cocoon of mind-numbing drudgery, we rally.

Yesterday, I taught an adult Sunday School lesson addressing the difference between the lazy individual and the diligent person. The writer of the lesson noted that—when we encourage indolent behavior in our children or in one another—we do so in direct contradiction to God’s plan for our lives.  Man was created, at least partially, to till the ground (see Gen. 2:5). In other words, we are supposed to work. Whether we labor in the home, in an office, or in a country field, therefore, the principles of sowing and reaping apply. So, off I go to—well, you know. 🙂




10 thoughts on “From Overworked, Underpaid Attorney to Carefree Aspiring Author?

  1. I love this! — the subtle humor, the reality of what you say. It is funny how we carry new versions of old habits with us. Moving from full time professor to full time therapist to part time writer, to full time wannabe writer, my study still has the same blizzard of paper look. Thanks for the message.

  2. Sybil,

    I’ve discovered over the course of the years that every experience contributes to whatever comes afterward. While my life experiences haven’t been quite as openly repetitive as yours, I can see how each new thing is built on what went before. Consequently, there isn’t anything I would change about the way I’ve lived my life.

    Except maybe to be a more obedient servant of God earlier in life.

  3. May you find the soul nourishing fruit of joy among all of the others, each a reward for your many labors of love and acts of selfless sacrifice. May you and I always be blessed to receive much more work to accomplish, for we both know . . . there is much left . . . to do. Amen!

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