At a writer's workshop last weekend with Jeffrey Stepakoff, author of "Fireworks over Toccoa" he told us something his father always said. It was, "You gotta be there when the bus comes by."
Jeff told us about his study of the markets, of agents, the work he did to catalog ideas - all BEFORE he was contracted to write a book.
Sometimes that kind of thing sounds too planned, too staged. Folks then wonder if you aren't just trying to give people what they want, instead of what you want to create. But thinking about the bus saying - if I want to ride a certain bus, don't I need to figure out where the bus is going to be stopping? And not just in writing.
I was talking to a friend last night about a young couple close to her who've started attending a little country church. They've chosen a bus they want to ride - a close community who will be there as soon as needed. Now they're scouting on the bus stops, so as to ride that bus.
A young friend of ours has a bright baseball future ahead of him, but he hurt his arm and needed to rest it. However, he tried to play through the pain. Until one day this week he decided he'd take the doctor's advice and rest. He took a step back, realized the bus he wanted to get on was not just one for this season, but for a career. He's doing what he needs to do to be there when that bus comes by.
What do you want? What do I want? Deep friendships? There's bus for that. Good marriage? Green lawn? Healthier diet? There are buses for all those things. But we have to be there when that bus stops. We have to be ready.
So what am I going to do today to make my way to the bus stop of my choice? What are you going to do?