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Musing #14 : Setbacks & Hangups (3 min)
Two types of gumption traps
I am preparing to focus on the rewrite and revision of the novel next week now that I finally have a new outline. Probably first of many.
I'm very happy that this novel process is becoming less of a self-imposed pressure cooker and more of a slow burn of personal transformation.
Speaking of which, I found this thing I made out of thread more than five years ago. That was way before this blog had even existed. It is now a reminder for me to keep going everyday.
Never miss any of my Sunday posts. Ever.
#14 : Setbacks & Hangups
Meet your two Gumption Traps.
A setback is your house burning down,
A hang up is thinking you can't rebuild it.
A setback is your boss being racist,
A hang up is you not believing that you are worthy.
A setback is a torn ligament in your knee,
A hangup is not giving it time to heal.
A setback is a heavy workload,
A hangup is not saying No.
A setback is your shitty coworker that claims everything is her own,
A hangup is you letting her get away with it.
A setback is a flashing car in the night,
A hangup is being frozen in place with terror.
A setback is a hurricane,
A hangup is your lack of provisions.
A setback is a friend betraying you,
A hangup is hanging out with him again.
A setback is your father hitting you,
A hangup is you seeking his approval again and again.
A setback is your wife cheating on you,
A hangup is you trying to do the same.
A setback is diluted and watery coffee,
A hangup is not learning how to make your own.
A setback is being admitted to the hospital,
A hangup is continuing the habits that led you there.
A setback is a stop sign from life,
A hangup is believing it.
A setback is your epigenetic make up,
A hangup is refusing to deal with your traumas.
A setback is a damn pay-cut,
A hangup is not finding another paycheck.
A setback is my content being rejected,
A hangup is not writing everyday because of that.
A setback is your kid screaming at you in public,
A hangup is feeling embarrassed by that.
A setback is a lack of fairness,
A hangup is not speaking up against it.
A setback is fear,
A hangup is letting it get to you.
A setback is failing in a career path,
A hang up is not seeing that it is not yours to begin with.
A setback is being evicted,
A hangup is freaking out about it.
A setback is a boring book,
A hangup is thinking you have to read it.
A setback is life's slippery ballroom,
A hangup is the dance you've always done.
A setback is a bag of sour lemons,
A hangup is not juicing the fuck out of it.
What thoughts came up for you?