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Entering from the wings…

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Man, oh man.

I wonder if Scott knows how much he was going to challenge us all when he created the writing prompts for The 2015 Start-A-Blog Dream Job Challenge? Last week’s prompt pushed me to explore one of the more uncomfortable areas of my psyche (as I’m sure you can tell from the post), and today’s starter moves me completely off the map.

What’s one thing I’m proud of?

If “Pride goeth before the fall.” I must be really afraid of falling because pride is a really uncomfortable feeling for me – always has been.

There are some things in my life that I’m proud of which immediately come to mind:

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First Draft

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As I put pen to paper to script the Second Act of my life, my muse remains eerily silent.  Or maybe she’s kicking it somewhere else at the moment.  Whatever the reason, I am not suddenly charged with inspiration.

So, in an effort to build some momentum towards a first draft I have been exploring ways of kickstarting the process.  The resource I found that resonated most strongly with me was Scott Dinsmore’s ‘Live Your Legend’ and his commitment to helping people “… find and do work they love.”

Since this sounds like a pretty good approach for one of the most important elements of my under-construction new life, I dived right in, signing up for his The 2015 Start-A-Blog Dream Job Challenge.  This very blog is one of the first tangible outcomes from following this exercise, and today I’m charged with the next step – to answer the following question:

What do people thank me for?

I find myself thinking of answers, and then immediately slipping into a routine of comparing these (against some shadowy criteria) to determine their value before they can be considered ‘good enough’ responses.  So, in the spirit of good writing, I will endeavour to let things flow, put down a rough list of answers and then set about polishing them up later.

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Unfairness

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A recent writing prompt posited, “What makes you angry about the world?”

My immediate reaction to this question has been, for as long as I can remember, “Unfairness.”

I’m not talking about the large-scale inequalities in the world.  These are huge issues that great people are working hard to change, but this is not the type of unfairness that raises my hackles on a daily basis.

It’s the petty, pointless, unfair treatment of someone else for what seems like no reason at all.

It’s cutting off the driver of that other car so we can be one car length further in front (usually despite the traffic being stopped anyway).

It’s getting upset at a waiter / barista because he made an honest mistake with our order.

It’s humiliating a student in front of the whole school congregation for not complying with some arcane rule.

It’s avoiding a local business (and advising others to do likewise) based on rumour and gossip.

All of these little moments seem like nothing much, do they?  After all, each day is hectic, filled with important tasks, lists, contacts and to-do’s and we’re all trying to get through the day the best that we can.  Do these little things really make that much of a difference?

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