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Make Peace With the Moment

Have you ever had a period of discouragement, of wanting to hole up and lick your wounds, of trying to remember why you’ve chosen the route in life you have?

I’m convinced these downer days have nothing to do with my actual life.  I’ve simply lost that fervor and enthusiasm I once had.  It’s an attitude thing.

When I fail, I feel like I’ve failed everywhere and in everything, when I know, by simply stating it that way, it’s not reality.

But my mind keeps insisting.

My editors didn’t love my second manuscript, and rightly so.  I was in a rush to get it done.  So, it’s back to the drawing board.  And when I look at this situation in the large scheme of things, I think, “This is a good thing; I’ll be a better writer by the time I’ve finished another draft,” but here in the moment, it’s hard to take.  Pride, maybe?  Unrealistic goals, perhaps?  Sloppiness?  All of the above.

So, today I’m reminding myself that the world is much bigger than a failed manuscript.  I’m reminding myself mistakes happen, and I must own them. I’m reminding myself to be grateful for the important things, such as health and love.  I’m reminding myself that I have a little girl who has benefitted from my distractions elsewhere.

How do you get out of these sorts of funks?

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The quote I live by

Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.
--Rainer Maria Rilke in Letters to a Young Poet

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