Make a Start, Make a Start

This is a good time to get things going.  The puppet masters are loosening the strings for a while.  The puppets are exhausted.  Probably even the FBI and Google are tired of spying on normal people and want a few weeks to have a barbecue and reconnect with their pod families.  Everyone wants a breather.  Even DOTUS* probably needs to be hung in a damp darkened closet and allowed to absorb more mold spores before he goes on simulating intelligent life.

And we need to do the same.  Go out and enjoy your life and enjoy the season and revel in having friends and family that you can at least see and hold.  Hug that grandchild and slap the back of your brother or nephew.  Play a game of baseball catch.  Have a barbecue and eat way too much, really bad food.  Do all those things.  You deserve it.

But do one more thing.  Remember that all this will happen again.  These people control you and they will disrupt your life again because it gives them the control they need to make things go in the direction that benefits them.  And because this is just a breather, remember to use it to make the changes that will make you less vulnerable to the next crisis.

Maybe it’s changing jobs to escape a dead-end situation because equity now means no more advancement for you based on the color of your skin.  Or maybe it’s moving to a freer state or country because you are tired of being told that you are an aggressor because your ancestors weren’t the right shade.  Or maybe it’s time to change careers because there’s no better time than now to make the leap.  Or maybe it’s just time to take stock of your life and decide what personal changes you want or need to make to flourish.  Maybe lose some weight and get in shape.  Take up a sport with some friends.  Dump some bad habits.  Dump some bad friends or even relatives that make your life a misery.  Maybe rethink your philosophy on life or even think about God.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”  But the other side of that coin is, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  So, make a start.  Sit down, take stock and decide what are the highest priorities on your personal to-do list and figure out how to make step one on that item, your highest priority.  Then do it.  Then figure out steps two through two hundred and figure out a system to make it happen.  Sure, you might find that the devil is in the details and you’ll have to change the final goal.  That’s just reality.  If you find yourself spending time figuring out hard problems, that means you’re making progress.  Important things are usually complicated and difficult.  But you’re doing the work.  Bravo.  The trick is to steal a little time every day to accomplish something on the project.  Make it happen.  Don’t dither, don’t put it off for another time.  There may not be another time.  Think about your life as a finite pile of sand and don’t use it up without doing what you think is your destiny.  Even if you fail, the effort is your will made manifest.  It’s your challenge shouted out to the sky.  A bang instead of a whimper.

And my saying that today was what I wanted to do.  Not everything I want to get done today.  I have a plotting problem in my story that’s got me stumped.  But that’s a different bucket.  I wanted to get this out.  And I have!