"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable."
— C.S. Lewis (The Four Loves)
I think writing should be included in this as well. We work so hard on our projects only to have them ripped up, rejected and tossed aside. Is it worth it? Oh yes. Failure is just a step on the road to success. I'm pretty sure I stole that from someone else, but I couldn't tell you who. (I did a google search and came up with nadda. Anyone know where that originated?) Having a broken heart makes us better writers. It allows others to feel what we've written, not just read it. Are the rejection letters hard? Is the waiting nearly unbearable? It can be, but the alternative is an emptiness, a numbness that will take you absolutely no where. Just my thoughts for the day.