I put work aside today and took advantage of the gorgeous day to go for a drive to the Dales in Yorkshire. I don't often let go of work like this, but I think the occasional flight of fancy is good for your moral and your creativity - I have returned very inspired and ready to start tackling client lists, Logo design, and book writing. Went right up through to Malham and had a yummy lunch at the local pub and then went for a drive to Middleham and then back down through Ripon and finally back to Leeds. It was a great day and one I would like to repeat often . . .
Then I got home . . .
and there, waiting for me in my inbox was a rejection email from the BBC for the Presentable training program. I admit, my heart sank and disappointment dwelled heavy in my throat . . . but, only for a moment did these feelings overtake all other thoughts. You can't avoid feelings of disappointment, in fact it's perfectly natural to be disappointed when something you particularly want doesn't come through. We all set our hearts on things that we think will be good for us, great for us, take us in another direction, and when you don't get it, what do you do then?
Well, what do I do? I remember that it isn't the be all and end all of my world. I am not defined by the "wanted" thing and my career isn't over just because one particular element hasn't come good, in fact, I am more defined by the way that I deal with the moment and the emotion. So, instead of getting down I get up! I look at all the other things I have going and I focus on what is working and what is happening now. Just because the BBC placement train hasn't arrived doesn't mean I am not leaving the station on a better, more creative train on my own exciting journey.
So my message today is - make, get, take your own train; you are on your own journey and sometimes things may not come through for you, but you are more that just that one event, you are every possibility that you make, every creative step that you take. Don't get down, get up,
(image via norm_p)