Write on

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”Lately, I’ve been thinking about habits.” — Lao Tzu (or Margaret Thatcher)

I had a habit epiphany. [Clarification: I had a realization about habits; I am not now in the habit of having epiphanies on a regular basis. Admittedly that could be cool.] Quotes like the one above and articles and books about making good habits and breaking bad ones have an inspired me to think smaller.

Habits are those tiny building blocks that can build to something bigger. Sometimes you’re looking at a skyscraper of a goal and its gargantuan-size and shiny, polished windows freeze you with fear. How could I ever build something like that? My building would collapse on itself.

I’m glad architects and civil engineers practice that kind of precision, and I hope they do worry frequently about things collapsing. But rather than let the pressure of a building be overwhelming, they piecemeal the process with blueprints, models, and, yes, building blocks.

As Meghan Trainor sagely says, “I’m all about the base.” Start from the most basic foundation and keep going.

I’m officially challenging myself: Write something creative (i.e. not grocery lists or news stories) every day. Even if it’s three sentences. Even if it’s a really corny couplet. Every. Day.


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