Does Dishonesty Pay?
It is tempting, isn’t it, to make the most of opportunities? I have just been reading in my new copy of Mslexia about ‘how to write a bestseller’ and reflecting that writing it may be achievable: the challenge is selling it. We learn how to make the most of opportunities that come our way.
I have a good friend, who has supported me and my writing for many years. In a busy schedule, this writer manages to find time to encourage and share insights which have nourished my self-belief. I also like to think that we have a lot in common, which is a precious discovery and one that, quite frankly, has helped to keep me sane. As it happens, this writer has occasional contact with a famous writer. My friend tells me that the writer does not do book reviews, because if s/he did, s/he would never get any work done. Now it just so happens that I could, if I really wanted, find a way to link to this writer via another, rather tenuous contact. If I was feeling opportunistic, I might approach them. Should I? The thought flits through my head, like a taunt, and I dismiss it, quickly. No, I should not. I would simply annoy the writer, alienate my friend and stack up a whole pile of bad karma to get through. Urgghh!
To put a positive spin on this – a trick I find so helpful – if I am meant to walk a particular path, I hold to the thought that God will make it possible. I truly believe that. In fact, I notice opportunities alighting before me all the time. It becomes my job to see the chances that are for me and have the courage to pick them up. That becomes a proper, grown up challenge, which arrives without the whiff of betrayal and loss. Thank goodness.