The setup and the …

Transcience turns everything to air. You look behind and see no sign of a yesterday that was so intense. Yet in truth, nothing ever disappears, nothing is lost. Everything that happens to us in the world passes into us. It all becomes part of the inner temple of the soul and it can never be lost.*
(John O’Donohue)

I am, however, animated and in love and gushy about really great writing. That’s what sustains me and makes me all tingly.**
(Anne Trubek)

What are you animated in love and gushy about?

For me, it’s lively conversations with people discovering the wonder of the content of their lives and how it all fits together into a compelling story.

Anne Trubek is reflecting on where she is from, not a place or region, but something she is animated and in love and gushy about.

Where we are from and where we are matters less than the things our lives have been unfolding us into.

Rainer Maria Rilke writes in this vein:

I want to unfold. I don’t want to stay folded anymore, because where I am folded , there I am a lie.^

Understanding that nothing from our past has been lost but is somehow a part of who we deeply are brings us to the brink of the possibility of exploring these depths.

As it were, what life has set us up for.

Robert McKee writes,

A setup is a cause hidden in the past. … Setups are nothing without …^^

The word McKee sets us up for is … payoff.

What are we going to make happen?

This is our aliveness, and as Joseph Campbell points out,

We save the world by being alive.*^

Which is another way of saying, we all get to enjoy your payoff.

*From John O’Donohue’s Divine Beauty;
**From Anne Trubek’s blog: I am not from here;
^Rainer Maria Rilke, quoted in Anne Lamott’s Hallelujah Anyway;
^^From Robert McKee‘s How Setups Can Drive Your Story;
*^Joseph Campbell, quoted in Keri Smith’s The Wander Society.

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