“That’s the night the lights went out at Bluehost,
That’s the night 2,207,246 blogs went down.”
Please sing the above two lines to the tune of ” The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia” The song was written by songwriter Bobby Russell and preformed by his wife at the time, Vicky Lawrence. The song was later covered by Reba McEntire in 1991.
Last night I considered not continuing my plan to write every day. I missed a day. I didn’t post on February 2nd, 2013 because my hosting site was down.
On February 2nd at 17:48 p.m. a transformer blew out and cut power to a section of the data center at Bluehost. Their servers were down for four hours and one minute. The site was back up at 21:59 p.m.
The voice in my head said, “Quit now Hodges, you missed a day. You might as well just quit now. No sense trying to write every day. You already blew it. You should have written your story in the morning, and not left it until the last-minute.”
I said to the voice in my brain, “I didn’t write in the morning because I was reading to my daughter, and then we sewed stuffed animals out of polar fleece, and then I ate, and then I brushed my teeth, and then I cleaned the litter boxes, and then I fed the dog and the cats, and then I played two games of chess, and then I took my son to the store, and then I picked my daughter up at work, and then we went shopping, and then I sang to my youngest and read to her. After all that I sat down to write. I didn’t leave it to the last-minute, it was all planned.”
“Nope, better quit now. You missed a day. You didn’t do what you said. You failed.”
Our life is what our thoughts make it.
-Caesar Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus
(His full name as emperor)
I will listen to The emperor and not the negative sound track that loops in my brain. I will think nice things about myself.
I will tell the voice in my head, “Shut-up stupid voice. Quit telling me lies. I will not quit. The bloody server was down. It is not my fault. Go away. God make me special and He loves me very much. Hey, dumb voice, go watch a Veggie Tales movie, and leave me alone.”
I will not quit.
I will keep writing – every day. I do not have to be perfect.
Do you quit if you fail?