Today is all about the mental, with a side of writing. Got home late last night, hurting, and then it was up this morning to do it again. Don’t have to like it, just have to do it. Right? Right.
It’s important to keep doing the things day after day, especially the ones that aren’t glamourous or fun or exciting. It’s taking care of those little details before they become big problems. It’s like owning a car. If you don’t take care of changing the oil, replacing tires, checking the coolant, then the lack of attention to those little details will become a big breakdown. And it’s more than just “taking care of”, which seems to mean for so many, “doing the bare minimum required.” It means doing whatever is right rather than what is necessary, and doing a good job of it, the best job you can.
of course there are always pressures and outside influences. It’s easy to say that, for some reason or other, you can’t do better. Most of the time, though, I find that’s more of an excuse I’m making rather than a strict necessity.
Many people speak of an “intentional” life. They mean concentrating on what is right there and striving to do your best right then and there, whatever the task is, rather than living in the future, wishing you were somewhere else, doing something else. Devote yourself to doing your current task perfectly, whatever it is.
But, also, take time to dream and picture the future. Make that the task of the moment so that you have a clear idea of what you’re working for. Remind yourself that taking care of the mundane allows you to live to see your ultimate goal, and to act as an adult in this world.