- Rachel Barreiros
My LIT Mission
Updated: May 28, 2019
My mission in this blog and in my life is to connect with people. Intrinsically, we're all alike. At the heart of us all, we're all the same. We're all just people.
“Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.” Ella Fitzgerald
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You don't know me, yet you do. I am an adult, a woman, a wife, a mother, a business owner, but more basically, I am a person. Our very essence is the same. The hip bone's connected to the backbone, the heart pumps blood, five basic senses, breathe in oxygen, food and water are needed, can't function without a smart phone, and dogs are humans' best friend. See? We're the same. What else? Connection. It's a bare essential in the human life. We're built to need each other. God made Eve for Adam because God saw that Adam needed companionship. I'm not saying that you're my Eve to my Adam, or my Adam to my Eve. Or am I? Ponder on that later. What I am saying is that I agree with Nicole Gravagna, PhD Neuroscientist, in the Forbes article, Six Fundamental Human Needs We Need To Meet To Live Our Best Lives, that "regular connection to others allows us to maintain a sense of well-being. " As people, we also differ in so many ways. One of our most basic similarities is that we all want to be happy, but we differ in what makes us happy, whether or not we're truly happy, and if we are or aren't in the pursuit of happiness. My entire adult life, I've listened to my husband state to others as if giving them advice, "If you do what you love, you never work a day in your life." I've been working three lifetimes. I take pleasure in the excellence of my work but I have never loved the work itself. Although we are successful business owners, it has always been his baby, not mine. I love people and I don't get much of that strapped to a desk in a small office. I love to write and I get too little of that in our field of work. I love animals and I get none of that in my work. I love so many things, none of which are the type of work I've been doing throughout the years. Life's clock is hauntingly pricking and tauntingly ticking. So, it's time. It's time for my work to be my baby. I want to write with the ultimate goal for a writer. To be a published author. Its what I really want to do. I also want you to shine along with me. You can, you know? You have the power. I wholeheartedly believe in the underdog. In this scenario, that's me. The unpublished author. One of the things I love most about today's trends is the power of the audience. In this scenario, that's you. Agents, editors, publishers, judges and critics have little to no power when a large audience votes in an underdog. Much like panels of judges on TV reality talent shows. Those judges can say no only so many times. Eventually, the voting audience steps in and raises up the underdog. That's people connecting. Don't you just love it? It's a beautiful thing. It brings a smile to my face to read about these rejections that became best sellers: JK Rowling's Harry Potter was rejected 12 times. Stephenie Meyer's Twilight was rejected 14 times. William Golding's Lord of the Flies was rejected 20 times. Dr. Seuss' And to Think That I saw it on Mulberry Street was rejected 27 times. Stephen King's Carrie was rejected 30 times. Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind was rejected 38 times. Jack Canfield's and Mark Victor Hansen's first Chicken Soup for the Soul book was rejected by a stunning 144 publishers. (Thank goodness these great authors never accepted no for an answer.) Yet all of these became best-selling reader favorites. That's you. You have the power. I can't help but to wonder about the regret that all of those rejecting publishers feel now. Not to mention all of the many other books that were finally published after a long run of rejections. It doesn't at all mean that publishers don't know what they're doing. They are well-educated, well read, and have well intentions. They want to accept manuscripts that they believe will sell and become reader favorites. Sometimes, however, their predictions miss the mark. I'm not attempting to write the next "it" novel, I simply want to educate and entertain children with lyrical rhyme, fun alliterations, and relatable stories. Its my mission to connect with people like you, to write work that you love, and that you'll believe in, just as I believe in you. #Ourpower I hope to see you at signings in bookstores!
#jkrowling #stepheniemeyer #williamgolding #drseuss #stephenking #margaretmitchell #jackcanfield #markvictorhansen #neveracceptno #noisnotanoption