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I can relate to this. It has been quite a tough year for us as a family after I was made redundant earlier in the year and our security has felt uncertain as I've struggled to get back to work in a really tough market. I've been hard on myself, and have tended to suppress the things I would usually get great enjoyment from - trivial things like enjoying making music, or socialising - there's a sense of guilt around enjoying myself while I have financial concerns to address. My guess is a lot of people can relate to that guilt - isn't it strange, we have this most incredible experience of existence to appreciate and enjoy, yet we construct conditions around whether we can live it to its fullest.

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Scott Britton

Bravo Scott. Thanks. So on point for me. Although I have let go of some of the old beliefs and conditioning around enjoyment this post provided me some terrific reminders!

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Love your thought process, and the identifying of "shitty concepts". The process of identifying and naming the lies we believe is so helpful.

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Thank you for this well framed and vulnerable post. It definitely resonates and I am finding similar patterns in my own path to healing and learning. You gave me some added dimensions to think through and I’m grateful for it.

It’s funny how much synchronicity I get reading your work, I had a similar reflection and wrote about work/play and the hidden beliefs that were undermining it for me. I hope it’s helpful.

https://poetx.substack.com/p/transforming-work-into-play

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