Procrastination reigns supreme while waiting to find the perfect way to do something.
I have a project
I came at one way
Partway through, it didn’t seem right.
So I switched to a different approach.
(Points for flexibility, right?)
Partway into that, doubts arose.
I went back and forth
between the two
and even began to wonder
if there was yet another approach out there
I hadn’t thought of yet.
Note to self:
There is a difference between working on a thing
and merely thinking about working on it.
I followed neither approach
all the way to its conclusion to see how it turned out.
I cut bait too soon,
not wanting to waste time and energy
on something I wasn’t sure would work.
We want to write with a net under us.
Let’s face it.
We want to do everything like that,
knowing in advance of stepping out
that the outcome will be of value,
that it’ll be worth it in some way,
that we won’t regret the investment
of time, energy, thought.
“I don’t worry about going up blind alleys. Most alleys lead somewhere, and if it’s just to a box where I corner myself into saying something I didn’t expect, that’s all rights, too.” – Julia Cameron*
I’m more willing to chase down blind alleys now than I was a week ago.
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*Julia Cameron, The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life (New York, NY: Penguin Putnam, 1998), 20.
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