“Extraordinary Perseverance”

“With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”
Thomas E. Buxton

OK, I just wrote a really great post and it disappeared on me. I meant to copy it and it just vanished into cyberspace. Now I could get really upset with myself, and I could call myself a dope, and I could weep and wail about how great it was and how it’s lost forever, and if
I had more time, I could reconstruct it but I don’t, so I can’t. What to do? What to do? Well, here’s what’s coming to me, right now, right in this moment:

I’m going to forgive myself: I have a lot on my plate right now  and even keeping my KWD  blog going isn’t all that easy. So I could dump all over myself, but I’m not going to. I made a mistake and I’m going to just leave it at that. It’s easy to do, especially when major life
distractions are getting in the way of concentrating.

I’m going to figure out what went wrong: How, exactly, did I manage to lose what I’d written? Where did it go? Is it still floating out there, somewhere in space? Can I rescue it? Granted, I’m no computer whiz, but at least I can try to figure out what happened so I can make sure I don’t do it again. Cold comfort, but I’ll take it.

I’m going to make it even better: I have to admit, this has happened to me before: I’ve written a post I really loved and wanted to share and somehow, I’ve lost it. At one point when this occurred, I gave myself a challenge: to rewrite it and make it even better than the original one was. So I sat write (love this typo, I’m going to leave it!) down again and wrote the entire post once more from memory and tweaked it until I felt the second one was even stronger. I can’t do that right now, but I’m going to do it. So stay tuned. When I do, I’ll let you know.

So often, we start out with the best of intentions, but the universe throws us a curve ball or, as I just did, for some reason, we short-circuit ourselves. I’ve learned the hard way that there are two paths to go when this happens: 1) we can bemoan our fate and beat ourselves up or, 2) we can figure out a way to bounce back and move forward.

Hey, I think I just showed “extraordinary perseverance” here — and if I did, you can, too. So let’s all choose path #2 — and write on!

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About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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