I saw something recently that really affected me, a little meme that says so much with very few words.
Sometimes, we’re discouraged. Sometimes, we’re on the mountain top. But most of the time, we’re probably somewhere in between, plugging along with the responsibilities we have sitting hard on our shoulders as we think about our dreams coming true just around the corner.
I love to get up in the morning, before my three boys wake up. I let the three dogs outside, make my hot drink of choice that morning, and sit in my rocking chair on my back porch. The morning is quiet and sweet with the sounds of nothing but birds chirping. It’s usually still dark-ish outside and no one’s about but me. Ahhhh…… I put up my feet, read my daily devotion, and just enjoy the solitude.
Then, I start thinking about my day. If I allow myself, I’ll feel that burden “sitting hard on my shoulders” if I don’t have a list. I’m not great with making write-it-down lists. My to-do list is all in my head. I know, I know. I’ve heard it before: “If you don’t write it down, you’ll forget it.” Which is the idea, I guess. My husband writes his down, but when he doesn’t accomplish everything on his list that day, he’s discouraged. My mental notes are much easier to live with. At the end of my day, I think, “Wow, I’ve done so much!” and then just put the other things on my list for tomorrow.
I’ve been writing for a long time and my first book is just now about to be published. You might think, “Wow, 17 years is a long time to write with nothing to show for it.” Maybe. But I have several books already written and ready to go, so those years weren’t wasted. Then I think of the little meme I saw recently, and it encourages me. Here it is:
“If you quit when you don’t reach a goal, that’s like slashing your other three tires because one goes flat.”
I’m not a quitter. I’m just too determined to quit. I noticed yesterday that my right front tire is going flat. So, today, #1 on my mental list is to get that tire fixed. That way, I’ll be ready–and raring–to go, so I can maybe get that list finished today. Or tomorrow.
The tires will be ready when I am.