Gail, a nurse I used to work with would say, “It’s a new day; another chance to excel!” and I would feed off her optimism. Now, I see today as a slice of life: a day to live and do with it what I will.
One would think not having a job avails me the freedom to do as I please. Although I find being unemployed, living within frugal means limits such freedom. If I didn’t have goals to work toward my life would be without meaning. I couldn’t imagine living without a sense of purpose.
Yesterday, I spent a good part of the day working in the garden weeding. I weeded until my body ached and then I weeded some more. Nothing new got planted. No section of the garden was expanded. It was a maintenance day and today may be an extension of that: vital to the grand scheme of things.
Being an organic gardener, weeding needs to be done otherwise the weeds will overwhelm the crop. I look out see more of the garden to be weeded. This tedious maintenance is calling me once again. I could either become overwhelmed or approach the task moving onto that next section on this new day. I need to look beyond the task of weeding to the greater picture: the pride of the garden, crops to market.
I am also an aspiring freelance writer learning the business. I have to look at researching the writing industry the same way as I look at the chore of weeding . Research is maintenance without glory. The word count doesn’t grow. It is not a draft rewrite bringing me one step closer to publication. Understanding the industry is a vital component for the freelance writer, like weeding is to raising a garden. Surely, I could just attend to the craft of writing and I could garden without weeding but not if I have the aspiration to bring something to market!
Today is “another chance to excel!” I will continue reading The ASJA Guide to Freelance Writing and be back out to the garden to weed. After all a slice of life is part of the whole to which I attend each day and each task with a sense of purpose.