Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Life is like an electric cable
In 2006, my husband, Andrew, was trying out a TAFE course in electronics. I remember seeing electric cables lying around for his course work, and sliced open to see what they look like inside. Basically, the outer plastic layer surrounds a myriad of delicate cords. You could easily bite through an individual one with your teeth. Each tiny cord is not capable of carrying more than a small surge of power, but together they form something strong, robust and reliable.
At the moment, I've been doing several little promotional things on my computer. I've been approaching magazines for guest articles to be written on my books, getting reviewed or interviewed on other peoples' blogs and continually updating this blog. I've had a radio interview or two. I've also been writing reviews for fellow authors as I want to see friends promoted too and also trust the law of sowing and reaping. During December and January, I've been updating my Face Book status with these links so regularly, I've possibly saturated the receptive capacity of some friends. Now that February has started, I sat back to try to evaluate how each of these small promotional 'wires' have fared.
To be honest, some of them have seemed to yield nothing more than a small sizzle of electricity. Guest blog interviews often pass with just a tiny stirring of interest or no comment at all. I guess it would be easy to look at individual ventures and assume they were a waste of time. I think the electric cable analogy is a good one for keeping discouragement at bay. Individually, each of the little ventures are tiny, delicate wires with not much of a surge, but together they are adding to the effect of a potentially powerful cable. You can't have a cable without each of its individual wires, no matter how small an impact they seem to create.
I like to think that the 'cable' I'm creating with all these tiny wires may, in turn, become a wire in an even larger cable; the Australian Christian Book industry.
In the same way, electric cables are created in all aspects of our lives. Each game, walk, smile, laugh and genuine listening time we spend with our children and spouses are small wires in a healthy cable of relationship. Let's keep refusing to underestimate the value of the small ones, because something significant is always formed of many of these.