Where to Start

At a red light downtown, I get a lesson:

off to my right
at a red light

and next to them
– partially hidden by a tree
I almost miss seeing him –
a man kneeling,
trowel in hand.

Light turns green –
no chance for me to take a photo –
but the image sticks,

a disorganized pile,
the way my current project feels.

How will the stone mason go at it?
Will he dilly-dally,
waiting for perfection,
unable to decide
which brick goes first and which second,
examining each one
until daylight turns to dusk
and mortar hardens?
No, there’s a job to be done.

* * *

READING Seth Godin’s “Poke the Box
I come upon this,
first rule
of doing work that matters
is “going to work on a regular basis.”

Showing up.
Getting out of the thinking-about-it stage
and into the doing of it.

* * *

will do his work today.
I like that.

that I caught him,
just as he was about to start,

That seemed right to me.

About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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9 Responses to Where to Start

  1. Brenda Remis says:

    Love this one , Marilyn!


  2. Emily says:

    Helpful to me as I prepare for homeschooling this year and feel a bit overwhelmed with how I’m going to do it all. Brick by brick.


  3. Annie says:

    Brick by brick, Emily and Marilyn

    Bird by Bird…(a la Anne Lamott)!



  4. Oh, yes–kneeling. That’s where it starts! Thank you for this post!


  5. Deidra says:

    “Getting out of the thinking-about-it stage and into the doing of it.”

    OK. Duly noted. 🙂


  6. Belinda says:

    So good. I love how God speaks through such an image. And “just getting on with a job” is something I am learning to do. As for where this post took my thoughts–I will probably blog about that at some point! 🙂


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