I have owned horses for eighteen years. I have loved them, cared for them, bred them, and comforted them as they passed from this world. Horses are who I am. I am also afraid of them. You read it right. I’m afraid of horses. I know you’re shaking your head, but it’s true. I’m afraid of horses.
I guess the key here is that I love them more than I fear them.
You’re a writer. Isn’t it the same for you? You love writing more than you fear rejection. It’s the beauty of what we do. Love pushes us further than we would dare to go without it. We’ll climb the mountain, jump off the cliff, run into the burning building, run the marathon, all because we are passionate about what we do. We conquer that demon called fear.
It’s a gift, the ability to conquer our demon. Without it we would sit on the sideline cheering on those who dare. We don’t always think about it. We take three deep breaths open our laptop and press the keys. Sometimes the demon sneaks in and whispers in our ear. “You’re wasting your time. You could be doing ………fill in the blank. No one is going to want your manuscript.”
But you love to write more than you fear rejection. You plunge ahead with the story you love. You’re filled with joy as the story progresses. You fall in love with your characters. You dance when it’s finished. You edit and polish and edit and polish and you send it off to the publishing company or agent. You love to write more than you fear rejection.
That’s how I feel about horses. The fear is there when I walk into the stall with the mama and her foal staring me down. The fear is there when I wonder if either will hurt me. The fear is there knowing they may reject me. But love pushes me on.
How do I describe the feeling when the foal takes that first step toward me, then runs back behind her mama’s legs to hide. Her little face peaks out and eyes me. Her curiosity kicks in. And then a second step and a third until her sweet little muzzle is buried in my hand.
I love horses more than I fear them.
I love to write more than I fear rejection.
Release in 2014 by SoulMate Publishing:
Love on the Double T
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