I pulled out this book yesterday (which I love) (thanks, R, for pointing me in its direction) to re-read its dog-eared pages. At the book’s outset, Gail Sher outlines what she calls Four Noble Truths for writers. The fourth one is this: “If writing is your practice, the only way to fail is to not write.”
She’s right. There’s no way around the logic.
This applies equally, of course, to any endeavor…painting, baking, spreadsheets, getting up in the morning. If you do it – even if it’s a struggle and it’s messy – you’re still doing it. You’re showing up and giving effort; you’re practicing your craft. If you don’t do it…nothing, nada, zilch.
Like some of you maybe, I occasionally let fear (of messing up, of failing, of looking silly, of not knowing what the end product is) stop me from trying in the first place. And I logically know that being too afraid to pick up my pen or press the shutter button means that I also give up the possibility of writing or shooting something really great. The fact that I don’t even try leaves me square at zero. No chance either way.
And, well, when you look at it that way, it lights a little fire.
I wish you a pocket in your day today…five minutes, ten minutes, an hour (whatever you can manage)…to really show up for what’s important to you. Tend that fire, stir those embers. Show up.
Then do it again tomorrow.
I’ll be practicing the same.
Sending a little love your way, m