Our Most Powerful Action
The Science of Unbreakable Things meets Silver Meadows Summer in Star Light Wishes, a vibrant, poignant middle grade debut about the coming-of-age moment when kids realize our most powerful action is asking for help.
There it is.
The pitch for the novel that I've been writing for a decade.
The pitch that I couldn't have written until two months ago because I didn't realize that's what the novel was about.
The pitch that I didn't want to be true.
Because let's face it.
If our most powerful action is asking for help, that means it's something I need to do, too.
So what do I need help with?
Too much to write about in one blog post, that's for sure. But I'll give it the good 'ole top ten treatment.
10. I need help being vulnerable.
9. I need help admitting I erred.
8. I need help accepting my skin is losing collagen faster than milk spills from a toppled glass.
7. I need help accepting that if I workout with anything heavier than three pound weights, I hurt myself.
6. I need help celebrating others.
5. I need help celebrating myself.
4. I need help learning how to do nothing.
3. I need help learning how to have fun.
2. I need help forgiving myself.
1. I need help asking for help.
3/14/2023 03:04:33 pm
3/14/2023 06:27:37 am
So true, this need to be vulnerable enough to reach out for help from someone else, and how powerful, too, to be in the position of helping someone else. Sounds like a good book, and the pitch worked for me.
3/14/2023 03:07:01 pm
3/14/2023 07:08:59 am
There's a yielding in asking for help, but a power as well. A recognition that you don't have all the answers (or the control), but that there are others who can help you along your journey. Great pitch morphs into a great post!
3/14/2023 03:08:10 pm
3/14/2023 12:07:53 pm
I love this- so much. It was honest and vulnerable- look at you making progress on number 10 already!
3/14/2023 03:11:11 pm
3/14/2023 12:40:08 pm
Your post begs the question: Why are we so hesitant to ask for help? I recently finished reading "White Women," and one thing the book talks about is the problem w/ perfectionism. When we ask for help, we acknowledge our imperfections. Like you, I am not good at asking for help. I can think of times asking resulted in harsh criticism. I like this top 10 list, too.
3/14/2023 03:17:55 pm
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