Friday, May 31, 2013

How to Handle a Setback

It was the perfect writing day -- my wife was at work and my children were each involved in their own activities.  I camped out for the day in my basement.  A severe thunderstorm struck in the middle of my writing time.  I unplugged the power chord to my laptop to prevent any power surges during a lightning strike and kept typing.

I was "in the zone."  The words were flowing so fast that I forgot to hit the save button.  The power blinked and knocked out my internet connection.  And my chapter was gone.  My allotted writing time expired.  I cringed.  I thought, how am I going to handle this?  Then, the answer came to me.  Instead of wallowing, I devised a plan to piece together a few minutes here and there before my Friday deadline.  Here is the lesson I learned:

Any setback can be overcome as long as you keep your attitude positive.  I felt like I was pilot on a plane who just lost an engine.  The first urge is to panic.  The next thought is to remember a time when this happened before and say to yourself, hey, I didn't crash...I'm a survivor. 

My next book chapter will be released today at 8:08 AM, Pacific Time at Caveman Reflections Cyber-bistro.  Once again, the plane will land safely and on time.  Yes, I suffered a setback.  No, the world didn't come to an end.  I lost an engine but I maintained a positive attitude throughout the storm.  How did you handle a setback in your life?  Your comments are welcome below.


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