Well, it happened, Wonderfuls….I went too far….and, thankfully, my friend, Neal….an amazing writer and encourager let me know in such a kind way! 🙂
What follows is an exercise in getting-back-on-the-horse…but, equally important, I offer this as encouragement if you find yourself stumbling of late…you aren’t alone and brighter days are ahead 🙂
My graceless stumble is as follows…
I had a really hard time writing yesterday’s post (https://trulyunplugged.com/2017/02/18/feb-1817-another-one-bites-the-crust/), and writer’s block wasn’t the issue. I just couldn’t get my head around what I was trying to say…well, not in a relatively succinct way.
Now, if you’re familiar with my brand of creative writing—your know I use a riddled, whimsical, punny approach to amuse myself as I work through my growing pains…and, I share in the hopes of lifting your spirits/making you feel less alone/normalizing your challenges…any of these that apply.
I see now that I took a wrong turn when I focused too much on pop reference puns meant to engender a nostalgic, feel-good vibe….there were just too many and the message was lost.
That speaks to the kind of week I’ve had…I probably should have waited and posted next weekend…after I’d had the chance to process more of what is going on for me. And, it’s not all bad…I have lots to be grateful for…but, some people I care about are going through some really, really painful things (eg. One of my friend’s partners is dying) and I’m not sure what to do with it all.
Also, I’m really missing my optimism….yes, it’s still here, but, lately, I sometimes need a magnifying glass to find it….and that is REALLY uncomfortable…I’m not used to that. I know how it’s happened, but I’m not in a position to easily distance myself from toxic circumstances. And, I know this is a learning opportunity to erect boundaries meant to keep negativity at bay….but, what a headache (literally). The only way to get past this, is to go through it….so, that is what I am doing….the best way I know how.
If I want to reframe this post-flop in a positive light, I can say that I appreciate my (over-reaching) enthusiasm; I am proud that I took this as an opportunity to reduce the clutter in my post (rather than deleting it); and, although it took a while to edit it, I didn’t do so in a panic—mortified that people were going to read the original one and be disappointed/lose their appreciation for my brand of writing.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like that this happened…truth be told, I would have side-stepped it if I could….but, I appreciate my faith that it will make me stronger, (falling down and picking yourself up is the mark of a winner)…
And I appreciate that it has brought me that much closer to being a successful writer who connects with readers …
And, I really appreciate that I have a friend who cared enough to tell me I had spinach in my teeth (if you knew how much I love smiling, you’d know that he’s saved me a great deal of discomfort in the long run 🙂 )
Thanks, Neal (you can find him below).
And, thanks to you, too….you brighten my world in ways you don’t know 🙂
God bless you and your loves.