Keep Your Soul

You've worked on your book for three years and your query for three months. You send it out only to receive a reply two minutes later, "Not for me." It's not the end of the world. This agent doesn't like the premise, but someone else might. Send it out again. Don't quit. Rejection happens. KEEP YOUR SOUL.

You wake up and life is good. You stop by Starbucks and get an expensive coffee to celebrate this perfect day. Someone cuts you off right outside the drive-through lane and you spill all that hot, five-dollar coffee on your lap. The person who cut you off doesn't even care, they're already gone. You want to go after them and start a little road rage. Teach them a lesson. Don't. It's not worth it. Remember the happiness you felt before it all happened. KEEP YOUR SOUL.

It's early morning and you've prepared breakfast for the kids. Eggs, waffles,toast, fresh-squeezed juice, you even folded their napkins to look like stars. Your kids walk in and tell you to stop making food for them, all they wanted was a pop-tart and no mothering. You feel alone, hurt, used. Remember that kids go through phases, and sometimes being a parent is a crap shoot. We're all in this together. You're not alone. Do something nice for yourself today to boost your spirit. KEEP YOUR SOUL.

There's no money in the bank account. Gas is almost four dollars a gallon. You have places to go, food to buy, a doctor's appointment copay, and you really need to buy a gift for that upcoming bridal shower. Looks like you're going to have to sell your laptop on eBay just to get by. Remember, you can't take it with you, bad luck comes in shifts, it's always darkest before dawn. As long as you're breathing good things are still possible. Take a deep breath. KEEP YOUR SOUL.

Your hair's a mess. There's a rip in the armpit of your sleeve. Your boss is a bitch. A huge zit is forming on your cheek and you have to greet people all day at your job. You feel so ugly and just want to hide. Beauty really is on the inside; it radiates out like sunlight affecting the world around you. You're like the sun: warm, beautiful, unique, elegant, graceful, wise, calm. Don't let the physical world ruin your inner spirit. KEEP YOUR SOUL.


  1. A beautiful, beautiful post and a really great lesson. One for my wall I think! Lx

  2. Good advice.....when things look bad, smile...when you feel sad, smile....when the blue bird of happiness craps on your head, smile.

  3. Well said Amy. All lives are ups and downs. If it weren't for the downs we wouldn't enjoy the ups so much!

  4. Oh Amy, is this all happening to you right now?
    I really loved your book. Definitely send it out again! I loved this post too. I'm so glad you're my special, special friend! Keep strong!

  5. I love the message in this post. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Found you through the A-Z Challenge!

  6. what an encouraging post. Thx

  7. Molly- some of the things have happened in the past, yes, but none of them all now (or at least, not all of them thank goodness!). Thank you for caring. I love you!!! xxx

    And thank you everyone for the great comments! So glad you stopped in.

  8. There are times that life is a bummer, but I love your message, Keep your soul. It will be my new mantra.

  9. What a great reminder of what is important in life. Going through some stress of my own, this was a post I needed to read this morning. Thank you.--Inger


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