We talk about synchronicities here, and it’s easy to see them in all sorts of places when you’re looking, but I have to say that God has been trying to tell me something today.
So, first, I stumbled onto this article earlier this morning, and I thought, “Oh! That’s a good topic to write about!” And then I scribbled the thought down on a Post-It at work and didn’t think much else about it.
When I was sitting on my couch at home after a long day and my eyes were starting to droop, I thought, “Oh, I’ll just write something tomorrow.”
And then I saw this:
And, well? LOL!
So, perfectionism and procrastination. They so often go hand-in-hand, don’t they?
The article really spoke to me in a lot of ways. I am a person who likes to have things just so. I want the numbers to add up in a nice little row. I want the house to sparkle and shine. I want the story to come out right the first time. I don’t want to do something if I can’t do it well.
But life is so messy. So terribly, horribly messy. You can’t get away from it. Everything you try to do is going to be done in an environment of resistance. Nothing likes to be changed. Everything will stay in the state it’s in, if it can.
The safe. The ordinary. We don’t risk. We follow our patterns and we stay in them. We get complacent in our own little worlds. Even if it’s dull as dishwater. Get up. Get dressed. Go to work. Do your job as best you can. Drive home. Make supper. Do something to wind down. Go to bed. Start it all over again.
You do that in minute by minute increments that slowly build up to a lifetime. And so many of us find ourselves at 80 wondering where our lives went. And were we really spending years of our lives laughing at memes and watching cat videos on Facebook?
Maybe we can change things and go in reverse. Practice Kaizen and stop worrying about whether or not we’re doing the things we’ve always wanted to do but were deathly afraid of doing perfectly.
How does a book get written? One word at a time. Maybe we stop worrying about whether that word ends in -ly or if we’ve said “He said” too many times. Don’t worry today about spelling or grammar or whether you’ve used the right version of “there”. Just get the words out.
Find the place today where you can write a word or two. Just for the sheer pleasure of enjoying words for what they are.
Take Mart Belden’s pleasure in finding the perfect crazy big word and use it in a sentence today. What kind of stories can get out of your heart and soul if you just throw away the need to have it perfect and just write it?
Just write the story that’s on your heart. One word at a time.