The next morning I awakened at "the blogging hour" - 4:30 - and thought, 'It's time to write!"
Then I thought, "Do I have a subject now? ... Hmmm... Not really... Nope... Nothing. But that's OK. The computer isn't on yet."
Perhaps not everyone is a writer. But we all have things to do from time to time that demand inspiration, direction, a willingness to push through resistance to getting started, and that should meet some deadline. When I was recently in the US emptying out and selling the contents of my home, at first I was overwhelmed by the colossal task. A line from Isaiah was a big help to get me pointed in the right direction.
"The word of the LORD was unto them: precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little." (Isaiah 28:13)
Although the King James version of the text is what came to thought, the New International Bible gives a perkier look at the text and shows what the passage meant to me: "The word of the LORD to them will become: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule; a little here, a little there."
Basically, I understood that I should do a little something towards the goal each day. I had 1930 square feet to empty, repair, re-carpet and repaint, and two months allotted to do it. By accomplishing at least one small task each day, I saw movement and progress, unfoldment, and ultimately, completion. In the end, the work was finished with joy, without stress, and on time.
I think that it was the same presence of joy and lack of stress upon awakening that impressed me the other morning when I arose to write the blog post. I got up with the same eagerness, anticipation and confidence to get started as if I actually had an idea burning in me to communicate. I knew that if I were to just show up and turn on the computer, I was accomplishing something toward the goal. And sure enough, the ideas were there, on time, and I was excited to write them down.
Mary Baker Eddy once wrote, "There is but one way of doing good, and that is to do it!" (Retrospection and Introspection, p. 89)
Sometimes all it takes is the willingness to show up and give a project a little "face time" - a little attention and some small effort - to see the progress really take off.
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