No Small Victories

I finished a story last week.

Like proper finished a story, and turned it in.

And then I moved onto the next project with nary a word. Primarily, this was because I had not one, but two other projects that I’d placed on hold to get this story done (Deadline shuffling).

Secondarily, it was a short story, so I called it (to myself) a small victory and tried to move on.

I say “Tried” because, it wasn’t long after that, when my brain tripped up on that terminology. It sounded too much like “Guilty Pleasure” and I have a problem with that phrase.

You see, I don’t believe in Guilty Pleasures. If something makes you happy, it makes you happy. Full stop. You shouldn’t diminish or downplay that particular thing that gives you pleasure.

That brings me to Small Victory.

I don’t think such a thing exists. All Accomplishments should be recognized and celebrated. Feel free to take that as far as you want. Waking up in the morning is an accomplishment – especially when you consider that there’s a certain number of people out there that didn’t. I’m not trying to be morbid here, but this is a fact, and maybe it is going a little over the top to celebrate something as simple as waking up.

But maybe it isn’t.

The point is that if you have been working on a project, spending time – which you could have been using to do other things, and which you will not get back – on something that you care about, and then you bring that to fruition?

That’s worth recognizing – and celebrating. So give it a shot: This week, call a win a win and don’t qualify it. See where it takes you…and – for extra credit – get rid of the “Guilty” before “Pleasure.” I think you’ll be glad you did.

Thanks for reading. Be safe out there. Be Excellent to Each other – and yourself.

I’ll see you on Thursday.


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