I love me some Seth Godin.

I may have mentioned that a time or two or fourteen. The man is hella wise.

As I sit on my couch this Friday evening, relaxing from the week behind me, I find myself reflecting on a post he wrote recently on “the good parts”…

You don’t get to just do the good parts. Of course. In fact, you probably wouldn’t have chosen this path if it was guaranteed to work every time. When the tough parts come along, the rejection and the slog and the unfair bad breaks, it makes sense to welcome them. Instead of cursing or fearing the down moments, understand that they mean you’ve chosen reality, not some unsustainable fantasy. It means that you’re doing worthwhile, difficult work, not merely amusing yourself.

The very thing you’re seeking only exists because of the whole. We can’t deny the difficult parts, we have no choice but to embrace them.”

Good stuff.

I’ve gone through my share of slog, rejection and bad breaks. We all have, of course. And at the time, I did anything but welcome them. Au contraire. I resisted with every fiber of my being. I was a hot mess of emotion.

But out of those emotional times came my biggest breakthroughs, my best projects and my most profound moments of personal growth.

I am who I am today because of those situations.

Which leads me to believe that the bad parts might actually be the good parts.

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