As writers it is so easy to focus on the end goal: Publishing your book. It's easy to forget that as long as we are continuously working to improve our craft that each step (even the failures and rejections) really is a step forward. I saw a quote a few weeks ago that really stuck with me.
In the hopes of reaching the moon, men fail to
see the flowers that blossom at their feet.
-- Albert Schweitzer
This strikes a chord with me. At different times in my career, I've been guilty of more than failing to see the flowers, I've crushed them beneath my feet. Making them completely unimportant. All because I was too busy focusing on something distant and often out of my control.
Now I'm trying to focus on things close up, things that I can control. I can control whether I write today. I can control the quality of that writing. That's what I'll work on right now.
What about you? Are you more focused on the moon or the flowers today?