LEARNING SOMETHING NEW

We’re either stretching and growing, or in the process of shriveling up and dying. Change is constant and affects each of us constantly. That was intentionally redundant! Notice, this sentence is a different sentence, written in a different moment from the last. Time marches on.

This article is about yours truly. I love to learn what I’m interested in, and am not much interested in stretching in areas that I’ve decided aren’t where I want to spend my time. But what made me decide?

When did I decide that writing is my least favorite art form? How is it that this medium is something I committed to spending time with each week? What makes the words flow some weeks and not others? What makes the blogs take shape week after week?

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Commitment shows up through action over time. I decided months ago that I would crank out a blog a week. And like any other commitment, whether I feel like it or not, I write. I’d like to get them finished by Friday at 5, so I could be free of the task over the weekend. Best I recall, that happened once! Typically, I sit down, with steel-like determination on Saturday afternoon and peck an idea into a semblance of creativity and logic. Often, when I get the piece over the challenge hump, I’ll walk away and complete it on Sunday. By Sunday, I can read what Saturday’s brain unfolded with fresh eyes and thought.

On a good week, on Sunday, the wrap occurs easily and in short order. On a challenging week, I start over on Sunday, and gut it out through completion. On a horrific writing week, I start and stop several times, and never find my flow.

Interesting that the scenarios are mostly about bad! I don’t have excellent or awesome weeks! Such is my life at the keyboard, at least my perception of it! And with that attitude, it probably never will flow!  I’d stop it, but articles are a necessary part of my work. It’s obviously not my favorite part, but because I believe it’s important, I write them anyway.

This is an example of doing what it takes. As a human, like other people, I can easily look at things through rose-colored glasses and when it comes to engaging in tasks that are outside my ideal, I’m inclined to slack. But I’ve learned along the way that nobody’s going to do “it” for me. (Duh!!) If I want my work to make a difference in the world, it’s important I continue to do what it takes.

The moral of my story: Do what’s necessary to succeed, whether you feel like it or not. Feelings come and go. Regardless, commitment shows up in action, over time.

The best news of all, right this minute? Another blog is in the win column! This article demonstrates doing what it takes to get the job done! Thank God! A finished blog definitely constitutes a win!

“If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”

–Mahatma Gandhi