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Trust and Wait: A Hub-Writing Stance
“Let the little children come to me."
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” – Matthew 19:14
My previous article, Creative Writing 101: Hubpages Topics and Insights from Dreams, got flagged down for “inappropriate content”. It underwent two revisions before it finally got published back. On each pass, a notification was sent that the moderator review takes about 72 hours … To total that, I had to wait for about 72 hours, multiply by 2, which amounts to about 144 hours.
If you’ve ever experienced waiting, you would know how one minute can stretch into eternity.
Flagged Down for Inappropriate Content
That was last week.
Again I was flagged down yesterday. This time at a party I attended. I had brought up the topic that pets, for example, lovebirds in solitary confinement, usually die due to loneliness. No one it seems wanted to believe, even after someone’s pet fish already died living alone. This somehow reminded me of the time when Jesus addressed non-believers’ disbelief being beyond proof of miracles.
"Cast not your pearls before swine" - Matthew 7:6
This section is in no way a judgment regarding the Hubpages moderation procedure. I understand exactly why these moderation procedures are in place, as I would do exactly the same to protect the welfare of the majority against unscrupulous hubbers.
When the gentle reminder, "Cast not your pearls before swine", popped up in my head after my upset over people not understanding “pet psychology”, it lifted my spirit. So these were pearls and pearls were not something the great majority understood.
Writing for the Great Majority
I was left with the question:
What then would consist of useful topics to the great majority, I wondered?
I was left with the doubt:
How do I safeguard an article from being flagged down for inappropriate content, when I needed to quote and embed source links, knowing that it would be useless to reinvent the wheel? All in order to make the ideas connect in to one coherent piece of composition?
Trust and Wait
I am then gently led to the guidance, “Trust and wait.” I will probably not know what else there will be to write about that would help in the service of God and man. But I need to trust that the ideas will come as they are needed to be communicated. I needed to wait, one week at a time, for my hobby time, for ideas to surface and mature, ready for my usual amateurish attempts at publication.
Trust and Wait as a Way of Life
Just when I thought that I would experience writer’s block from my frustration from having my previous hub flagged down, ideas seem to flow effortlessly. The upset has become fuel for creativity.
The fuel also brought me to the thought that, Trust and Wait, as a writing stance, can translate to trust and wait, as a way of life.
In our more senior years when it seems that we have accomplished or at least attempted all we ever wanted to do and our loved ones have passed away, we can come to question the point of living from day to day. I remember my dearly departed grandmother’s framed quotation:
“One Day at a Time”
Help me believe in what
I could be and all that
I am. Show me the
stairway I have to climb.
Lord, for my sake,
teach me to take
at a time.
One day at a time, one week at a time, one idea at a time, one article at a time. We can trust that the next idea will come, one moment at a time.
We are presented each magical child one moment at a time.
Receiving the Children
After trusting and waiting, let’s explore the idea of using the metaphor where your writing ideas are your children, I would then say, ideally after silent sitting, my response would be:
"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." -Matthew 19:14
Bible verses provide insights into living, into deeper levels of meaning in our life experiences.
Back in Business
Let’s give credit where it is due. The Hubpages moderation team was able to republish my article in a little over 72 hours, so much less than the anticipated wait time wait of 144 hours!
After about three days’ worth of trusting and waiting, my previously moderated article, albeit minus the bits of information which tied it up into a coherent piece, was finally released for republication.
We’re back in business, folks!