Sunday, December 8, 2013


“Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The road to success is always under construction”

Lily Tomlin

“It’s what you do in your free time that will set you free—or enslave you.”

Jarod Kintz, This Book Title is Invisible

Last night I made a promise to walk every day for at least 30 minutes.  I’m two days into it and so far I’m doing great.  I set my agenda for the day and I’m ready to get some things done, including two blogs.  I still have a goal to reach 365 blogs by December 29, 2013.  That’s 35 more blogs in 21 days.  That’s not an impossible goal at all.  I’m excited about my goals and I’m excited that I’m taking action.  It’s all very motivational.  Better yet, it’s self-motivational.  There are only a few tensions I’m experiencing. 
·      I wonder if I’m taking enough action.
·      I wonder if I’m taking the right actions.
·      I wonder if my actions will give me the results I want.

I’m told, and I’ve even said that any action is the right action and that’s probably true.  Still, the waiting time is hard.  In fact, I plan to journal privately about some of my concerns. 
For now, however, I am thinking of the maxim, “If you want to be a writer, write.”  So I’m writing.  As usual, I have no idea what I’m going to write about; I’m just writing.  And it’s fun.  One might think it’s frustrating to sit down and write every day even if I having nothing to say, but it really is fun.  In fact, I can’t wait to write again later today.  Or I might just keep writing, for two or three hours without stopping, until I get tired or it isn’t fun any longer.
That’s actually part of my long-term goal, to spend the better part of every morning writing.  Why would I do this?  I’d do this because it brings me joy and peace.  It feels good to be creating something.  It feels good to know that maybe, just maybe, I’m contributing something positive to the world. 
In addition, I am completely alone right now.  I have no demands on me at this moment, I could be reading comic books, watching a movie, looking at Facebook or playing an on-line game, but I’d much rather be doing this.  I know that while none of those other choices are bad, this choice is the best.  This choice will make me feel the best.  Later, another choice may make me feel best.  Right now this choice feels best.
What’s also exciting about this is that I feel motivated to be even more productive with my day.  I know there are some things I want to do, things that make me nervous.  Part of my problem is that I don’t make a list of all the things I could be doing.  At the same time, and I know this sounds contradictory, but I do too many things at the same time.  So, when I’m done writing, I’m going to make a list of things I want to do in the next two hours. 
As I look back on past blogs, I see that I am on the right track.  I am taking action.  Yes, I waste time, but I’ve also produced more writing in the last year then I’ve ever done in my life.  I’ve written literally hundreds of pages in the last eleven months.  I also realize that I might have more success if I embrace those parts of myself that frustrate me, like the part that wastes time.
I feel excited about life.  I feel happy and calm. I feel determined to make this a good day for myself and for others.  I’m having the same feeling I had with my first blog and with almost every blog after that:  I feel better than when I started writing, much better. What a gift this all is. 
Later I will write more.  I will write tomorrow, too.  God willing, I will write every day for the rest of my life.  This is a gift I’ve been given and I want to be faithful with it.   I want all of us to be faithful with the gifts we’ve been given.  They were given to us to make our lives better and happier.  No one intentionally gives a gift that is not meant for a Purpose or that is not meant to make life better in some way.  This gift I have been given, this gift of writing, makes my life infinitely better.  Sometimes I think I could sit here for hours and just enjoy this gift.
And perhaps that’s what I’ll do, but not with this blog.  I’m going to Get Started and Keep Going with other commitments I’ve made.  I started this blog feeling okay.  Now I feel great. Now I feel grateful.  Now I feel motivated.  I’m ready to move forward.  Thank you!