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Friday, October 28, 2011

Root Canals and Rejections: Keeping it all in perspective

This has been kind of a tough week in some ways. I had a root canal on Tuesday. (To be more accurate--the re-root canal of a previous root canal...which does not, as it turns out, make the current one any less painful. Owie.) I got an email from my agent today, forwarding a rejection of my foodie romance. (Again, owie.) It freaking snowed. In October. And they're threatening a major dump of 3-7 inches on Saturday. You know, one day before our biggest ritual of the year, for Samhain. Although it's weather prediction, so they could easily be wrong. I'm voting for that, personally.

And, of course, I'm dealing with the usual life-is-overwhelming-me-because-I-have-more-to-do-than-I-have-time-and-energy-to-do-it stuff. (None of you know what THAT'S like, do you? Snort.)

Regardless of all that, I'm actually feeling pretty good. Well, except for my tooth. (OWIE.) You see, I learned a long time ago that much of life has to do with perspective. You often can't change your circumstances, but you can change how you look at them. For instance, there's this:

I had a root canal. It hurts like hell. I got a rejection. Ditto. Snow. Argh.

Or:

I have access to dentistry, and friends who are willing to drive me the hour in either direction and be supportive after I get tortured. Er, I mean, worked on. And I have an agent to send me rejections :-) I'm actively working on my writing career. And the snow was pretty. (It was, actually.) And will probably kill the ragweed. YAY.

You see? It's all in how you look at it.

Besides which, my kid is here visiting from San Jose (whoo hoo!) and people have been saying lots of lovely things on my blog. I just had a nice chat on the phone with my parents.

Not a bad week after all. I hope yours was pretty good too.

4 comments:

  1. My week was great, actually. But you're right - it is all in how you look at it.

    A friend recently told me that the point of personal power lies between stimulus and response.

    I'd say you're owning your power. Good for you. :)

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  2. Ah, well I used to study behavioral modification, so I ought to know about such things.

    So instead of banging my head against the wall because it is snowing like hell right before our big ritual, I'm just going to be glad it isn't doing it while my step-daughter is flying back to CA...

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  3. Owie! Yep, that about covers it. The snow was very pretty. Wish I could have seen it. Now that I only have to go out in it by choice, I love snow.

    My guess is, Mother Nature wants you to appreciate her in all her forms and remind us to look for the beauty in everything. Now there's a reason to hold a ritual!

    Hope you have a great celebration.
    Many Blessings
    Rain

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  4. Ouch!!! I hope you feel better soon both from the root canal and the rejection.
    -Vanessa

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