I missed an important writing deadline yesterday.  It didn’t involve money, but it did involve commitment, and I blew it.  I’ve also had trouble making paying deadlines in recent months.  (Even before I started spending too much time on Facebook!)

It’s about self-sabotage.  I have the talent, and I’ve published plenty of articles before.  It’s not writer’s block, because if people ask me about the article topics, I can spout all kinds of information based on the research I’ve done.  But I sabotage the process of writing anyway.

I need to learn how to give myself permission to succeed again.

A Week of Tragic Anniversaries

April 19, 1995:  The Oklahoma City Bombing
April 20, 1999:  Columbine High School
April 16, 2007:  Virginia Tech Shootings

This is a week of tragic American anniversaries.  It is a week to remember the slain, honor the survivors, and treasure our loved ones.  It is a reminder that those we hold dear can be gone in an instant, and of the importance of letting them know how much we love them, every day.

To my survivor friends and family:  Know that I’m thinking of you today, and sending my love.  I wish you health, happiness, and above all, peace.

Although this original post was limited to 100 words by design, I’m editing this post in 2014 to point out that since I wrote this in 2009, three more American tragedies have occurred:

April 20, 2010: Deepwater Horizons Oil Spill
April 15, 2013: Boston Marathon Bombings
April 17, 2013: West, Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion

Only one of these would be considered domestic terrorism, like the ones above, but I think it’s sad that there have been any more domestic terrorism events in the last five years.