I’m not feeling well. I’m not feeling horrible. It’s just a cold, but I’m tired and sore and I just want to go to sleep. I didn’t write a blog yesterday, however, and I don’t want to miss two days in a row. So here I sit, bundled up, drinking lots of orange juice and water to fortify myself so I can write. This is that important to me, because what I really want to do is sleep. It’s actually pretty hard to write at the moment, but I’m going to keep going until I have something that seems halfway intelligent. Sometimes the trick with Purpose is to Keep Going no matter how you feel.
When I did my first few radio shows, over a year ago, I had the flu and then a bad cough. But I kept going. Why? I knew my life needed to change and only action would bring about that change. So I worked when I was sick. I worked when I was tired. I’m not sharing this because I want a pat on the back. I just want it to be clear that working under less-than-optimal conditions is not the exception; it’s the norm. As Steven Pressfield has said, the athlete rarely plays in a pain-free state.
This may sound discouraging for anyone who wants to pursue Purpose. Perhaps, if pain is so prevalent in the pursuit of Purpose, then it’s not worth it. But pain doesn’t come only with Purpose; it comes with life. Life can be difficult whether or not I’m pursuing Purpose, so I might as well pursue it. It makes life a lot more interesting and rewarding, and in its own way, reduces the pain.
Tomorrow I will feel better. In fact, I will feel more than better, because I will have written one more blog (a short one, but a blog nonetheless).
That’s all I can do. I just want to sleep now. But I did one more blog. The thought of spending more time with my Muse and the thought of my house on the beach kept me going. This may not have been my best blog or my longest blog ever, but I got it done. It’s part of my body of work. Now I can sleep a little more soundly. I’m very grateful.
I love you, my Muse. Thank you for helping me to Get Started and to Keep Going, even when I’m sick.