I've always had a fascination with those guards, who stand at attention. Tourists snapping pictures, kids trying to make them laugh or respond to questions - nothing distracts them. We can learn a thing or two from these dedicated sentries.
1. Focus - They have a job to do, and they do it without making excuses. Can you imagine one of them going to his commander and complaining that he can't stand still that long?
We writers grumble way too much. I'm too tired to write. I can't think of anything. This is too hard. Yes, emergencies happen, but a daily occurrence? I don't think so.
2. Training - These guards are prepared for their task. They go through rigorous training, so they'll know what to do in the event they're called upon to defend their post.
Are we willing to put in the time and effort to learn our craft? Do we give our best effort when it comes to the work we produce?
3. Professional - They take their assignment seriously. It's an honor, and they treat it as such.
Do those of us who get writing assignments - no matter how small or how big - realize the privilege we've been given? There are plenty of others, who would jump at the opportunity to write for publication.
Writers and Readers: Please share your thoughts on the privilege we've been given in our writing or other profession? How long did it take you to achieve your goals?
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