I fantasize. There I said it!
As a writer, there are many fantasies that liven my dreams at night, and distract me from work during the day.
What fantasies do I wish would become my reality? This could be a dangerous playground.
My list of probably improbable wishes:
- My husband would buy or build me a treehouse overlooking a lake or river. The style would be rustic/elegant, and we would use it for romantic getaways. While he fished from dawn to dusk, I would write in total peace. Periodically, I would invite two to six of my closest writing buddies, and we would retreat above it all. Wireless required.
- God would sprinkle me with humor dust, so that I could write funny, and not end up going to deep places with every sentence, even when I try to lighten up. I know laughter is great medicine, I just don’t know how to write it.
- Like Samantha, from Bewitched, I would like to crinkle my nose, and reverse time. Then I could recycle every hour wasted on something I’ve allowed to distract me from writing.
- An all expense paid retreat to a private island, where I would be greeted by John Grisham, Laura Hillenbrand, Ann Rule, Anne Lamott, Michael Hyatt, and Seth Godin. We would spend two glorious weeks sunning, brainstorming, and creating a crazy new App to help writers hone their craft. This amazing product would equip aspiring authors to write high quality books that sell. Of course, while on the island, I would pick my dream-team’s brains, they would share their insider secrets, and by the time we left, we’d all be great friends and close colleagues.
My list of could-be’s with focused attention:
- I wish I could balance family, work, friends, and writing better, so I don’t feel guilty somewhere, when I make a choice.
- I want to release more fears that keep me from blood-letting all over my pages. I know people respond to emotional triggers, and when I get vulnerable, my writing warms up. Working on this.
- As a writer, I wish I could share messages that make a difference. I want to be a conduit for healing. An instrument of peace. A spotlight for hope. A platform for learning. A soft place to land. And a haven of love.
- I want to give God the first-fruits of my time, not the crumbs off the table of my life. Too often, I’ve allowed distractions, other people’s expectations, and my own selfish desires take priority over God’s call on my life to speak and write about things that truly matter. I want to choose wisely, investing this one lifetime I’ve been given, for the glory of God, and the good of my neighbor.
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business and Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Expert, Certified Training Facilitator, Communications Specialist, national speaker, and author of the soon-to-be released book, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market.
She’s a partner in The Zenith Zone, a business coaching firm. Member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, client of WordServe Literary Group, graduate of CLASSeminars for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a co-founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries.
Anita’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith. Anita lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.