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Rolling With The Punches

Some weeks are harder than others and an individual day can completely slap you sideways from time to time.

I’m under deadline for my next book and had scheduled this week as nothing but writing time. It looked like the stars were aligned for this to work out and be a highly productive week.

But, good old Mr. Murphy has a way of showing up anytime you think things are planned perfectly.

Of course this is frustrating and I’d be lying if I said that it didn’t get to me because it certainly does. However, I’ve also realized that getting frustrated and angry does nothing to make the situation any better.

Rolling with the punches is a skill that saves my sanity quite often. You just have to suck in all that is frustrating and push through it. The sooner you realize that it is out of your control and there is nothing you can do to change the situation you are in, the sooner you can move beyond it.

Right now the life events that are getting in the way of my writing are completely out of my control. I’ve done and will continue to do everything I can, but the only thing that is going to make this better is the passing of time.

I sit here and look at the random things on my desk and think back to yesterday when I almost chucked one of them across the room in frustration. That wouldn’t have solved anything and if I had broken it I would only be more frustrated than I was beforehand.

For me, some of my go to things to do in these situations would include:

  • Cranking loud music.
  • Going for a walk to clear my head.
  • Exercise of any sort really. If the weather is bad I’ll hit the treadmill.
  • A media break to lose myself. Yesterday this meant the premiere of The Newsroom (which is awesome by the way).

Life, lemons, and lemonade. Sometimes the hand we are dealt is a bum one, but folding isn’t always an option.

I’m rolling with the punches and pushing forward.

How do you deal with situations like this?

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