I always have intentions of writing more regularly, but I’m a slow writer and get lost in my thoughts and never actually post. So once again inspired by Austin Kleon, I am deciding to just write. I want to build the consistent habit of writing and publishing online to help me get faster and find my voice. I also am trying to get in the mindset of “done is better than perfect.” So here goes.
Kleon shared a quote by Richard Walker that resonated with me:
“Anyone can fight the battles of just one day. It is only when you and I add the battles of those two awful eternities, yesterday and tomorrow, that we break down. It is not the experience of today that drives us mad. It is the remorse or bitterness for something that happened yesterday or the dread of what tomorrow may bring. Let us therefore do our best to live but one day at a time.”
I think it is true that it’s the depression about the past and the anxiety of the future that drives us mad. Even though it’s easier said than done, let us do our best for our minds to live one day at a time.
Even though I’m still working on living more in the present, some things that help me are:
- Think about what you did accomplish in a day, not what you didn’t
- Write down calendar items or your to-do list so it’s all out of your head
- Sacrifice something small for someone else
- Show gratitude
- Go outside