There are times where habits stop working for you, or you reach the end of the line with them. You take a moment to breathe, assess why things changed, and figure out what the next steps are.
That’s where I find myself, as life has abruptly pulled me out of old patterns. Friends have moved away, relationships with family have shattered and disappeared, my partner is pursuing an opportunity to start her down a different career path, and quarantine removed me from my workplace for at least two weeks (if not longer).
These events have created a lot more free time, and I’m assessing the best way to use it. Writing has been a passion for almost thirty years, though I’ve done very little to grow it until now.
So, I write. I do it to make something new happen in life. I assessed all my other options, and this one makes the most sense.
I write a daily 1500-word journal, and then I edit each one down to its core message. It takes quite a few edits to get there (this one took five), but each step of the process gets me closer to becoming a better writer.
There are times where a grand sweeping change would be preferable to taking small steps, but as the Chinese proverb says, “the man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
Taking many small actions can feel frustrating and time-consuming, but with the completion of each one, momentum moves you towards the desired change.