I’m a failure.
Take a look at the picture below. What’s wrong? Weeds. Lots and lots of weeds. Ugly and unsightly weeds.
The weeds are taking over the flower bed. They are choking out the flowers.
I’ve failed to stay ahead of the weeds.
The same can be said for my writing.
You may have noticed my absence in publishing anything to the blog. In fact, it has been a month since I last posted something here. I can assure it wasn’t for lack of desire to interact with you, my readers. My desire to write over the last month has equaled my desire to take care of the weeds in the flower bed.
Every single day I’ve wanted to spend some time working on the writing.
Every single day I’ve wanted to pull a few weeds.
It hit me yesterday afternoon, as I was pouring with sweat pulling the weeds, that the weeds represented my writing. If I spend a few minutes every day on both, they will remain beautiful to look at and enjoy. Instead, I spent quite a few hours in the yard yesterday attempting to return it to something beautiful to look at.
It was great. It was fun. The weather was perfect for spending the day in the yard. But, it took the whole afternoon. I didn’t have time to do anything else, like writing, or reading, or relaxing in a chair enjoying the view.
Why do we do this to ourselves? We know better. We all know the benefits of spending a few minutes every day working on the yard, doing the laundry, washing the dishes, and multiple other tasks. Yet we let the dishes sit until the counter is no longer visible and we have to clean one bowl for our cereal in the morning.
So, I’m a failure.
But, I have time to change. I can become a success. My yard can look outstanding! I can write a few thousand words every week.
I don’t have to let my perfectionist tendencies keep me from starting. I believe the key for most of us is to work a little bit every single day.
Maybe next time I’ll tell you about the boulder you see sitting on the sidewalk. It needs to be moved. It’s heavy. It may or may not be a good representation of my book.
What do you need to weed?