I’ve been writing on other topics recently–Advent mostly–as part of my daily writing. Yesterday (a Wednesday) was the first day I had missed since beginning my exercise to write everyday, and quite honestly, I truly missed it in the sense of feeling its absence as part of my day. That’s a good thing, I guess, because it means this is becoming a habit.
With that in mind, I come to today. It’s been an insanely busy day at work, Rach and Ali are out of town, so it’s just the trio and me. Honestly, it’s now after nine o’clock in the evening, and the last thing on my mind is trying to think of something to write. I’ve got nothing running around in my head right now but a bunch of mush. Even so, this exercise is enjoyable. It’s a bit of a brain purge. A relaxation activity after a crazy busy day. I’ve nothing to say, but the act of writing is still pleasurable and soothing. This is therapy for me.
What am I learning from today? A couple of things:
- I need to write every day
- I enjoy writing every day
- writing is becoming part of who I am, and
Most importantly, to take on any new habit / skill / behavior, it is essential to show up, daily. I have momentum built up, the beginnings of a habit. If I fail to force myself to find the time on days like today, that momentum will falter and this potential good habit will fall by the wayside like so many other good intentions in the past. In other words, it is essential to show up every day…even if today’s writing is junk…if only to stay in motion and allow tomorrow’s writing to become reality.