Thursday, December 2, 2010

#reverb10- prompt 2- Taking the Easy Way Out

What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it? (Author: Leo Babauta)

It took me until 5:30 pm today to figure out what I was going to write about. Then it hit me. For some of you that have read my blog, you know I'm lazy. I love to take the easy way out. This has become especially handy in the age of the internet. However, I remember being a kid and my Grandy used to sit me down and say, "Megan, so & so gave you a nice gift, you must write them a thank you note." And by write she meant with paper and pen and in cursive. It used to be such a chore. I'd moan, complain, even stomp my feet. I just didn't want to.

As I've grown older, I've become more reliant on the internet. If someone does a great gesture, I send them a quick, "thanks a bunch!" email. That took 2.2 seconds to write. If I go on an interview, I send a "thank you blah blah blah" email and make it sound all professional and whatnot. It wasn't until today's prompt that made me think about this.

I am fortunate enough to teach small children. Munchkins, I like to call them. We have a blast. And what I have learned from them is that they teach me something new everyday. Today is no exception. As I was going through my purse I found a card. I opened said card and low and behold it was a hand written thank you note from one of my students (the writing was super neat, I'm thinking mom had something to do with this!) thanking me for everything I do for her. It touched me. Then made me write this post.

What do I do each day that doesn't contribute to my writing? I take the easy way out. Can I eliminate it? You bet. Think about it. How great is it to open your mail box and get a nice note from someone saying how much they appreciate you. And if they wrote it out, you know they took time. I need to do this more often.

I know this is something small, but it's a step, right?

What do you do that doesn't contribute to your writing? And can you change it?

Wish me luck!


  1. I think all bloggers take the easy way out sometimes. It's why I didn't do NaNoBloMo. I couldn't think of anything to write EVERY single day. I took the easy way out and just didn't do it.

    Sounds like you have some great kids, and great student-parents for that matter, if the mom helped. ;)

  2. In today's world, especially with the internet so readily available, I get downright giddy when I receive an actual piece of mail, like a card or hand written note. I like your answer!!