Everyone is familiar with chain reactions, right? Movie with Keanu Reeves?
Yes, that's not what I'm thinking about.
I'm considering the chain reactions that forge links that hold us back. Make a mistake, forge a link. The best folks in different areas seem better able to cope with these links. They break them or shrug themselves free.
I'm trying to become one of those people. I can go long periods of shrugging things off and slipping these surly bonds but then I find I've pent up the energy. I haven't really shrugged off the links or escaped them. I've just deferred their impact.
If you want, you can relate like this: you're living a great life, dining out, doing things, buying the latest cars and toys, traveling, but you're doing it all on credit cards. You haven't been paying so they're going to come due.
So, ignoring them but letting the pressures rise isn't the answer. I've learned that on my intellectual level but not on my emotional level. But I'm trying. I'm trying.
Meanwhile, I'm beginning the writing day. Edited and revised eighteen pages of the rejected story enroute to finishing the process and resubmitting it. Have fourteen remaining. This time I'm not setting it aside to be uber cautious - that just enables me to fret and brood. Screw that. See, I'm not letting that link form. No more chains. I acknowledged my frustration and despair, though, and dispensed with it. Now I'm moving on.
It's easy to do when you're a mountain.
That's me, Mount Michael.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com