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Listen. Come a little closer. That’s right–here around the corner. I need to tell you something.

Please keep this in confidence, okay?

'Douche' photo (c) 2008, Mike Schmid - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

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'Let's be friends with benefits' photo (c) 2011, Sarah K - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

C.S. Lewis said it well when he said that “love is pain.” This is so because love involves risk–the risk of putting one’s heart out there… only to have it stomped on.

Again and again throughout life.

The temptation here is to–like Montresor in Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado–wall one’s heart off, thereby insulating it from risk.

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Creative Setbacks

randomlychad  —  May 13, 2011 — 1 Comment

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As you may know, if you follow me on Twitter, this week I received a rejection letter of sorts from one of my blogging heroes, Jon Acuff.

I wanted to be sad about it, but found that urge to write my next post was greater than the desire to wallow. It’s not that it wasn’t a good piece–it was–but more that it wasn’t a satirical piece. Stuff Christians Like is a blog that takes a satirical look at modern Christian culture. My mistake was writing a serious piece about the impact Jon’s new book, Quitter, was having on me, and submitting it for use on a satirical blog. Jon was right in turning my piece down: it didn’t fit his stated mission.

Time was, I would have taken this personally–as a rejection of me–instead of a rejection of the work.

And that’s the crux of it: the work. I love it. I love sitting down, sometimes not even knowing what I’m going to say, and yet still having something pour forth on the page. It never ceases to amaze me!

I’m never going to be everyone’s cup of tea–and I’m OK with that now. The work is the only validation that I need–it’s what drives me, makes me continue even when I don’t feel like it. Because making something from what was mere gossamer thought is a total rush!

So, writers, artists, creatives, there will be setbacks, but they are not obstacles, just stepping stones, teaching tools sent to guide us to greater heights.

My question to you is: what do you do when “the resistance” wants to mop the floor with you? What drives you?

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As you may know, if you follow me on Twitter, this week I received a rejection letter of sorts from one of my blogging heroes, Jon Acuff.

I wanted to be sad about it, but found that urge to write my next post was greater than the desire to wallow. It’s not that it wasn’t a good piece–it was–but more that it wasn’t a satirical piece. Stuff Christians Like is a blog that takes a satirical look at modern Christian culture. My mistake was writing a serious piece about the impact Jon’s new book, Quitter, was having on me, and submitting it for use on a satirical blog. Jon was right in turning my piece down: it didn’t fit his stated mission.

Time was, I would have taken this personally–as a rejection of me–instead of a rejection of the work.

And that’s the crux of it: the work. I love it. I love sitting down, sometimes not even knowing what I’m going to say, and yet still having something pour forth on the page. It never ceases to amaze me!

I’m never going to be everyone’s cup of tea–and I’m OK with that now. The work is the only validation that I need–it’s what drives me, makes me continue even when I don’t feel like it. Because making something from what was mere gossamer thought is a total rush!

So, writers, artists, creatives, there will be setbacks, but they are not obstacles, just stepping stones, teaching tools sent to guide us to greater heights.

My question to you is: what do you do when “the resistance” wants to mop the floor with you? What drives you?