Navigating Life

Cap Kotz
2 min readJun 1, 2024
Author & MJ

I chased a LawnCare Guy for two weeks for a simple exchange — 2 HRS LawnCare for $80. My objective was to pay for the one-time, then pitch a Story Mapping Barter, two hours for two hours. People are familiar with and accustomed to seeking a therapist in times of emotional, mental, or physical duress, but the underlying narrative remains the same unless it is rewilded. Ultimately, there is nothing to fix, save, or change; there is no finite control; there is only a constant stream of Narrative Navigation.

For example, each time I did not receive a timely response from the LawnCare Guy, I wobbled into self-doubt and linked my frustration with proof that my barter pitch was silly. However, I kept a steady hand at my back and kept going. Finally, he did make an appearance, and I explained my mowing priorities, then watched him tackle the end of the to-do list, so I had to redirect his focus. After he completed the two hours, I paid him and gave him the barter printout with a basic map visual on one side and a simple typed description of the process and potential benefits on the other.

It’s not that I need this guy to accept the offer, but making the pitch fills in foundational building blocks that fill in self-doubt gaps. It’s like building a bridge. First, there’s a design, then pilings, suspension, and a surface for travel. Self-doubt is nothing more than a Narrative, a complex, layered…

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Cap Kotz

Writer and Story Mapping Guide, I follow the life path no matter how challenging.