Short and sweet

Is it easier to do something every day than it is to do something occasionally?  Maybe.  That's what Gretchen Rubin thinks, anyway.


Lately, I have been thinking a lot about habits and rituals and rhythms and routines.  I have not had much margin in my life these past few months, and as I have said before, when I do find myself with free time, I feel creatively spent.  But the longer I stay away from creative habits the more daunting they seem, so there is some wisdom to the idea of continuing to plug along, even if only tiny bit by tiny bit, to keep the momentum going.


I am convinced that part of the reason that I so gravitate towards books and podcasts geared towards productivity and habit formation is because they inspire me and remind me that our lives are malleable and it is up to us to decide what we want them to look like.  Many of the big deal items we do not negotiate each and every day--where we work, where we live, who we have close relationships with--but those items in the periphery are the constant struggle.  What the bits of time flanking our workdays and our family meals and special gatherings look like may not seem to matter or amount to much, but collectively, they start making a difference.


Use any analogy you'd like--books are written a sentence at a time, Rome wasn't built in a day, and a million dollars is comprised of many, many pennies--but the sentiment remains the same.  Nothing surely comes from nothing, but something can come from not much of anything done over and over and over.

Emily Rowell Brown