The tick-tocking of the clock is pushing me to write faster so that I might finish this post before the time comes to shave, shower and change intoÂ properÂ clothes for Thanksgiving.
I am torn aboutÂ dressing upÂ for a day when we are supposed to give thanks for what we have and who has it with us because it seems to me comfort should play a role.
That is not to say I can’t wear something other than shorts and a t-shirt and be comfortable but some days that is what I really want because it is how I prefer to be.
Suppose some people might look at this moment and ask me what the hell I am doing on the computer when I should be preparing for what is to come and I’d answer that when the mood to write comes I answer the call because you never know what your muse will provide you with.
I am operating under the presumption that I’ll produce something worth sharing. A post that has meaning, insight and worth.
It is not an illusion is an expression I have used a handful of times to describe certain moments or situations I have found myself in.
When I finally break through the wall that has prevented me from publishing I’ll use it again to describe the feeling I get when I find out that people actually read my words and follow what I have to say.
Or at least that is what I think/hope will happen.
You never really know which group you’ll fall into and for whom.
I have no doubt there will be some who read my words and put me into Frost’s second category but if I have my way you won’t ever find me in the first group.
That is because I operate off of Â theÂ you miss ever shot you don’t takeÂ theory. I think that line can be attributed to Wayne Gretzky but I am not positive and since I am short on time I’ll let it stand.
Swing From The Heels
In the days in which I was an active baseball player I tended to swing from the heels because I knew that if I got a hold of the ball I could hit a home run.
I felt like that every time at the plate and like most home run hitters I struck out more often than I connected.
But I hit a bunch of home runs, didn’t matter if it was a good pitch or a bad one if I got a piece I gave it a good ride.
That swing from the heels mentality has been with me my entire life. It is my default setting. If I am playing football and I am a linebacker I want to blitz because I feel like I can get that quarterback every time.
Yet age has softened that approach somewhat because I have learned to enjoy mixing things up a bit and doing the little things that lead to victory too.
Maybe it is because I have learned that sometimes success comes from grinding it out and not worrying about making a big play every time because you can win by other means too.
I suppose if I had the time I’d flesh this out and talk about how much I have come to enjoy doing the things that cause plays to develop. The chess game that goes with it all is enjoyable to me too, but time is short.
Write Under The Write Conditions
Consider this a placeholder, a note for a post I want to write about the myth of only writing under the write conditions. That writeÂ condition for me is where I am at, within the few moments I have, with the tools I have at hand and the understanding that I can write now and might not be able to later.
It is why I take posts like the one you are reading now and this one and work at them on a regular basis because my goal is to teach myself to give my best whenever, wherever and however.
Because when you do that you are always prepared to take that swing and even if you go to the default swing-from-the-heels mode you are more likely to make contact because you are ready.
And maybe, just maybe you’ll find yourself saying it is not an illusion from a place that serves as your perfect writing spot/environment because you did what you had to do to make it possible.