A Storm is Coming

18 Dec

I see sunshine and beautiful colors

There is a storm heading our way.  It is Friday morning, 9:50 as I write this, and the storm is due to arrive around one this afternoon.  Those weather folks and their computer programs are pretty good at this stuff, so I’ll assume the storm will, in fact, arrive and bring with it high winds and drenching rains.

The thing is, right now, as I look out the window, it is incredibly calm.  There is no hint of wind. There are no drops of rain.  Still, I don’t doubt the storm will be here shortly.

Being a freelance writer and working for myself is a bit like that.  I know there will be problems even though, at this point in time, my business is doing quite well.  At some point a customers will drop my services and my income will suffer, and then the scramble to find new customers will begin again.  Perhaps I will be sick next week and unable to fulfill my responsibilities.  I have no backup; I either perform or the bills pile up.  Luckily, so far, I have performed, but there are no guarantees in writing or in life.

So I sit here and ponder these things as the storm approaches.  I have some billing to do, and I’m grateful I am able to send those invoices out and continue to pay my bills.  I’m grateful for whatever abilities I have which allow me to make a living doing what I love to do.  And I’m grateful to my parents, for instilling in me the confidence to work for myself, and to my friends, all of you, who continue to support me and give me encouragement.

Yep, there is a storm heading our way . . . but I’ll be ready for it!


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

20 Responses to “A Storm is Coming”

  1. Janine Huldie December 18, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

    I have no doubt you will be ready when the storm proverbially comes and know you are always prepared my friend. So, totally have faith in you. Now, hope your Tuesday is fantastic and no more storms on the horizon for the day ahead 😉

    • Billybuc December 18, 2018 at 3:17 pm #

      And that means a great deal to me, Janine! Thank you always!

      Happy Tuesday to you and your family.

  2. Mike December 18, 2018 at 3:27 pm #

    Hello Bill – At this point in ‘our’ histories, I am sure we both have weathered many storms. ‘Dig-In’ is one of my favorite pieces of advice I give my kids. That way the first small gust of wind cannot topple you.

    That you are able to make a living doing what you enjoy is called success. Happy holidays.

    • Billybuc December 18, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

      Thank you Mike! Dig in….I love it and it is perfect advice. Happy holidays to you, my friend!

  3. pagesvoice December 18, 2018 at 3:45 pm #

    You seem to have the art of weathering any storms that come your way. You are always an inspiration to your followers. Have a wonderful and happy holiday season.

    • Billybuc December 18, 2018 at 5:25 pm #

      I really appreciate that, my friend. Thank you for the kind words

  4. swalia December 18, 2018 at 4:22 pm #

    Stay safe…my prayers are with you!

    • Billybuc December 18, 2018 at 5:25 pm #

      Thank you Swalia…all is well!

  5. Lori Colbo December 18, 2018 at 8:09 pm #

    You are tenacious and committed and it’s inspiring.

    • Billybuc December 19, 2018 at 2:43 pm #

      Aww, thanks, Lori! I just don’t know when to quit. 🙂

  6. Shannon Henry December 18, 2018 at 10:54 pm #

    I certainly hope that’s metaphorical AND hypothetical and that you’re not expecting some immediate storm of life other than a thunderstorm. Although, as you point out, those metaphorical storms sometimes happen when we least expect them. Good to be well prepared with a positive attitude.

    • Billybuc December 19, 2018 at 2:44 pm #

      All is well, Shannon, although we did have a very rare tornado touch down about twenty miles away…very strange weather.

  7. Sageleaf December 19, 2018 at 2:39 am #

    You know, whe I saw that title, I thought…hmmm…the symbolism struck me. Not only do we face literal storms, but life’s proverbial storms also dictate that we never really know what’s going to happen. The clouds gather, we get drenched, but then the sun shines once again. It reminds me of the impermanence of life and how nothing is guaranteed.
    I hope you made it through that storm just fine, my friend. I haven’t aleays been confident that I’d weather the storms with ease, and at times I’ve felt like I was drowning in the deluge, but as I get older, I’m finding that I’m learning to swim better and I’m getting great at building boats. Hehe. To that end, I’ll build my own sail, soon, and I know I’ll set out on the open sea and make stops around the world. 🙂 (How’s that for working with a stormy metaphor?)
    Have a great week!

    • Billybuc December 19, 2018 at 2:45 pm #

      Lil Sis, you took that metaphor and ran with it…or should I say you sailed with it? Or should I just say Happy Holidays, dear friend.

      Hugs from stormy Olympia

  8. Rolly A. Chabot December 19, 2018 at 11:30 am #

    Hi Bill… just watched on the news tonight where a tornado touch down near you. They say it was highly unusual. Hope you and yours are fine…

    Hugs and Blessings


    • Billybuc December 19, 2018 at 2:46 pm #

      First one in thirty years, Rolly! Pretty strange, my friend, but no deaths so that’s good news. Thanks for dropping by. Merry Christmas to you!

  9. manatita December 19, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

    Well, Bro, since last Friday is long gone, I trust that you survived. Merry Christmas and much Love.

    • Billybuc December 19, 2018 at 2:45 pm #

      Survived and thriving, Manatita. Thank you, and Merry Christmas to you as well.

  10. Andrea Stephenson December 22, 2018 at 7:17 pm #

    I’m glad you weathered this storm well Bill and I’m sure you’ll weather those to come just as well!

    • Billybuc December 22, 2018 at 7:49 pm #

      Andrea, I say “bring them on!” 🙂 Thank you and Happy Holidays to you.

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