A bonus of being a freelance writer is that everything that happens to us is grist for our writing mill. I got to thinking about this when I responded to a comment Sal made in response to How To Pick A (Writing) Coach. He wanted to know a bit more about finding a coach and after answering his question directly I added:
Let me suggest something I didn’t include in the article… a session or two with a coach won’t hurt you even if it’s the wrong coach – it’s not like getting married. You’re bound to learn something even if its what you don’t want – which isn’t a bad thing.
At the time I was thinking of the time I went to a counselor who I knew after a couple of sessions was all wrong for me. In the process of deciding to quit him I realized I really did have many answers for myself about my own life. Because of that experience I learned a little bit more about trusting myself.
Note too, that although that happened maybe 20 years ago I’ve finally found a way to write about it. 😉
Of course I truly believe that it’s my attitude about what happens that determines if I feel a sense of winning or loosing. Put another way, there’s always something I can learn about myself, I can become more mindful and therefore more peaceful no matter what happens.
As a writer, however, I’ve got another plus – and that’s I can turn that experience into a piece of writing that may very well help someone else and may also put some money in my pocket.
How cool is that?
When have you turned a seeming loss into a win?
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