An old saying wisely states, “Showing up is half of life.” I try to show up when and where I’m wanted and needed. To be reliable is a good thing to be. Reliability matters in our work lives and our relationships with friends. If I fail to first show up where I’m needed then obviously I cannot complete the other half of that journey or day’s work.
Life isn’t all work and it isn’t all play. Although work can be fun and leisure time can feel like work at times. It’s fun to go on vacation, but it can seem like work to get to the destination. There’s work to be done at the office, but sometimes there’s donuts and fun joking around also. A secret to enjoying life to its utmost is to always seek to make the best of all situations with a smile added into the mix.
Writers can become discouraged with their writing routines because they feel like it’s becoming work instead of fun. In these moments the artist needs to remember that work can be fun and that their art is worth the time because of what it means to them and what it might mean to others. I aim to start showing up more often to my writer’s desk and comfortable chair.
Our stories are inside of us writers and I hope they don’t die there. Let’s not become discouraged with our writings or compare ourselves to those whom we believe to be finer artists. Let’s just show up! And then we can see what happens when we put in the work and the fun. If you have a new blog or story or poem idea don’t wait until tomorrow to get some words down. Today is the greatest day to begin.
Now I’m off to write a couple of pages on my latest short story because I’m trying to practice what I just preached. Happy writing to all of us!