I sometimes buy greeting cards and display them in my kitchen. One of my favorites says: “How you live your day is how you live your life.”
It’s so easy to get bogged down in the wrong things. To stare around the room and think about all the improvements to be made. And the cleaning that needs to be done.
I read a line in Writer’s Digest many years ago that said something like, “The dishes will still be there later.” The article said you must writing first, and everything else after.
I make sure to write every morning – even if it’s just a few lines, or editing something I’ve already done. But I have to work on the rest of my day. Sometimes I get all melancholy and weepy. What good does that do? Sometimes I go out on errands that never seem to end. It’s ridiculous. What I need to do is force myself into a writing schedule of a few hours a day, at least. I’m a writer, for heaven’s sake. I have to “go to the office.”
Another card I bought recently is Joseph Campbell’s quote, “Follow your bliss, and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” (paraphrased.)
I’ve already had this experience – I must keep on my path! I can’t control much in my life, but I can control my production of writing. And I can count my blessings.
I have to go now – I’m in Starbuck’s and they close at 10. I need to post thing and go home.
I need to write.
That’s how I plan to live my life from now on.