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!