What these three words have in common, besides the fact that they all start with the letter “D”, are excellent nouns (and quite alliterative, at that), and are part of the mantra that any good apparation teacher will teach you, they also provide context for where I’m headed with my writing. Unless, of course, I apparate into a tree or something, which would completely screw up my schedule.
With apologies to the Ministry of Magic, and a tip of my hat to J.K. Rowling, I’m envisioning my destination: a position as a news writer or freelancer with a regular income. Doesn’t really matter where at this point, as long as it’s something I can list on my annual Christmas letter. Figure out how to do it, and it’s just a matter of steering myself in that direction and not allowing myself to be distracted. Ooh! Two more excellent “D” words.
My determination comes next –the dogged inability or confirmed choice to never let go of that goal, and to do what’s necessary to get there. My kids come first, then my husband… but after their needs are met, I need to do this.
Deliberation speaks to the thought that is focused on getting there. I can’t allow myself to be distracted and I must keep myself focused on the goal. To be deliberate is to not be rushed or hurried by my own impatience or the influence of others. It’s a matter of staying the course and keeping on keeping on. No rush, no hurry. Just keep going.
Unless I get splinched, which any Harry Potter fan will tell you happens when one becomes distracted or unfocused, causing parts of the body to not move with the rest of the whole, I should be in fairly good shape by the time I reach my goal. I can do it. Just this morning I received an acceptance email to join the news team at Gather… so we’re on the right track.
…But just in case, I’m keeping some essence of dittany nearby.