Sunday, June 19, 2011

Things Go Right Slowly

...and wrong very quickly.

Nothing out of the ordinary is wrong. No need for extra worry. I'm just thinking out loud here.

One mistake I make is thinking that I have to do a project all the way to the end in one sitting. That's possible with tasks that aren't complicated. I can unload the dishwasher all at one time, after all. But "write a book," "garden," "knit" -even "read a book" -these are not things that can be done in one fell swoop generally.

But here's the thing. Sometimes that thinking keeps me from starting. If I can't get the whole thing finished, I hear myself decide to wait until there's a big enough block of time to get it done. Which of course never happens.

Reframing this, however, I know that sometimes NOT finishing a book is part of the joy. (I do sometimes stay up all night to finish a book, I admit.) It's like a little treat waiting for me at the end of the day. I need to think of more tasks like that.

Get Fit Slowly
Get Financially Secure Slowly
Create the Home You Envision Slowly
Write Slowly (but slightly more steadily)
Create (knit, sew) Slowly
Garden Slowly

It doesn't all have to be frantic. Just intentional.


jill said...

Oh, my dear - I do THE SAME THING. I've been struggling with the idea that I can do things in pieces for my entire life... ::sigh::

Kimberly said...

Yup, me too! I even put off little things, because if I wait I might be able to do it "right."

I love Voltaire's advice (even if I struggle with it): Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

Lisa :-] said...

I like this. You are on to something here...


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