Thursday, January 3, 2013

Good Intentions and the Best Laid Plans

Last week I publicly stated that I was setting a goal to post at least once every week and I would do that on Wednesdays. Well...sometimes life on an island in the Caribbean is very trying.

Last Saturday the Internet Server went down, since nobody was working on Saturday, Sunday, Monday or Tuesday, service was not restored until yesterday (Wednesday) at about 1PM. Restored to everyone but me. Apparently, during that time something had gone kerfluey with my outside antenna.

The repairman just left so FINALLY, I'm back up and running. For the first time in over a year I missed the IWSG and since the post was already written, I'm gonna post it anyway.

Today is the first Wednesday of the month (January) and the first of a new year (2013), that means it’s time for another IWSG post, except, I’m dead in the water. My Internet server has been down all weekend and it ain’t back yet. Yes, it’s exciting living on an island in the Caribbean.

As you will note, I’m ever the optimist, so, I’m writing this post anyway in the hopes that at some point today they will get me back up and running.

Insecurities, as in do I have them. Well, let me just say I’m so insecure that when this particular computer glitch first happened, I was sure I had broken my computer somehow. After hours of checking and rechecking, I finally checked with someone else, to find that it wasn’t just me, it was the whole island.

I’m not the type to make new year’s resolutions, but I have firmly decided that this year simply has got to be better than the last and if that’s gonna happen, it’s up to me to make it happen. I’m working hard to take charge of my life and that includes my insecurities. I know they won’t disappear overnight and some probably never will go completely away, but I have got to do a better job of believing in myself. I have got to believe that the things I do and accomplish are good.

Let me tell you a secret I’ve learned ‘Life is not a competition’. Truly, the only person you should be competing with is yourself, as in being better today than you were yesterday. I get weary of all the people who try to achieve their dreams by standing on someone else, especially if that someone else is me. I really do want to applaud the success of others and I want to be able to see my own, on my own, not as a comparison to what someone else has or has not done.

Maybe that’s my New Year’s resolution for life and my answer to finally overcoming my most basic insecurities – seeing my accomplishments for what they are to me and not worrying about the rest of the world.

Now click on the link and check out the other Insecure Writers. I’m sure some of us share the same insecurities and you are also sure to find some sound advice for overcoming yours.

If you haven't already made the rounds to check out the other posts for the IWSG go HERE!


  1. Glad to hear your "back". I hate insecurities. We all have them, wish I didn't but I do. I think your right, and it is a great goal to let them go this year.

    Gonna do my best!

  2. Yes, believe in YOU! Be a believer.

    Sorry about your computer frustrations but I'm glad you're back.

    Take care, and Happy New Year, Far Away.


  3. You did not miss posting!!! Close enough.
    You're right, it isn't a competition, and all success should be applauded.
    Glad you are back.

  4. I think that this is your year, Farawayeyes. I know I will be applauding your success. And glad you could get your post up for the rest of us to read :)

  5. I have decided that for writing (the one thing I have control over), it's going to be a great year for me too. I'm not going to let it be bad. :)

  6. I like the assertion this year is going to be better than last FAE.

    I hate losing my internet. Not like I don't have other things to do - like read books and write on my projects - but not having it available just freaks me out.


  7. Glad you're back!

    Yes, you're right. It can be so hard to not compare yourself to others, but I've found that I'm much happier when I don't. Celebrate your victories, and best wishes for the new year!

  8. "Life is not a competition." I like that. And I hope this year is better for both of us :)

  9. Great post. I completely agree that life isn't a competition. I wish more people would see that. They'd be so much happier. Good to see you back. :)

  10. Well said. I tend to avoid competing with others. I think that's why I never played sports. :)

  11. I'm happy to learn that you're back up and running again.

    Hey, weekend just around the corner, and I'm all out of Black Strap Rum. Maybe that spells SES #10; Part 2.

    Yak Later, Nitro.

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

  12. We gotta believe! I've got to dig myself out of this collapsed pile I'm under and begin to build my goals.

  13. I am a complete mess when it comes to the computer and all things related to the machine. (I am so old that I actually learned to type on a typewriter and the computer still trips me up) Thank God, I am related to the "Geek Squad" a/k/a my little brother, Chris, otherwise, I would never be able to post a darn thing.

    You are never too late!! And effort, big or small, is always rewarded. You made the effort to pre-write your post, and that is already a big step in the right direction! Give yourself a break.

    Life is not a competition. Amen. And I thank the Lord for that!!

  14. "the only person you should be competing with is yourself"

    I love this and agree!

  15. I apologize that I didn't get back here sooner to reply to all of these kind comments. Still a few computer glitches to work out, my wireless keyboard may need to be replaces. Please bare with the typos, as some are really the keyboard and not me.

    Donna - Thanks, me too.

    Jaybird - Thanks for the understanding. That's what I need, my own Geek Squad. Unfortunately, down here that's not gonna happen.

    Melissa - Believing is a start.

    Stephen - Well, ah, OK. Took me long enough to get here, now the weekend is over.

    Ciara - Me too. My sport was swimming. Still is. It's just me and the waves.

    Christine - You and me both. We all would be so much happier, if we weren't competing and being competed against.

    Marci - Me too - BIG TIME!

    Lara - 'Celebrate your Victories', I'm gonna have to remember that.

    Donna - Isn't that the truth. I have a pile of revisions that don't take the Internet to work on, but when I can't take my surfing breaks, I don't even want to turn the computer on. Sad, I know.

    Tonja - I love that attitude. I need me some.

    Michael - Thank you so much, I would like nothing more.

    Alex - No, my record stands. A little late, but I made it anyway.

    Robin - OK, I agree to be a believer, just not a Biebler or whatever that was. Yuck!

    Luckymamma - Just open your arms wide and shout; Be gone! (Do that about once everyday and call me in a month.)

    Thanks everyone for being so patient with me and coming around to check out this space.

    As I have said before the goal for 2013 is once a week on Wednesdays for sure, and maybe an extra post or two, if I'm truly inspired. Ha!

  16. Isn't it amazing how so many of us are insecure and yet we think we're the only ones who suffer with it?

    And I gotta smile knowing how power, phones, and internet service etc. can go down island wide. One learns to take all those things in stride.

    It be call limin'!

  17. If you hadn't of said anything I wouldn't have even noticed you were late. Shows you how well I pay attention to the calendar.

    Here's hoping 2013 is a great year for you! :)

  18. Internet issues suck. Glad yours got sorted out.

    Well done on choosing to take charge of your life! You'll see it become easier as you go. :-D