Bird by Bird - Anne Lamott

"...Publication is not all that it's cracked up to be, but writing is.  Writing has so much to give.  So much to teach, so many surprises.  That thing you had to force yourself to do - the actual act of writing - turns out to be the best part.  It's like, discovering that while you thought you needed the tea ceremony for the caffeine, what you really needed was the tea ceremony.  The act of writing turns out to be its own reward."

What a great metaphor for life.  Up there with the 'it's all about the journey not the destination' and 'only make moves when your hearts in it' - shout out to Biggie.  This highlights what we all viscerally know to be true.  When our intentions aren't pure going in, our results are likely murky at best.  That's not to say that we can't end up with unfavorable results if we go into a given situation with the best of intentions, nor that personal gain shouldn't be part of the intentional equation ... just don't make it the main component.  You cook in order to eat, but you become a chef in order to cook.  Next time you're taking a sip of your ceremonial tea and preparing for something great, take a step back, realize that you're already smack dab in the middle of it, and enjoy.  Continue to create in perpetuity.

~Tuesday 06.21.16 @ 10:52pm