Every morning, I get up, make coffee, and write in my journal while my kids watch
hours of a little TV.
I need this time. I deserve this time. I believe that this is important. I know that my day is better when I do it.
And it doesn't matter what I write. I give myself permission to write the worst garbage in the world.
But eventually, the idea is, I won't. I'll break through. I'll hit some piece of wisdom, some deeper level. I'll find the heart of the piece.
It hasn't been working that way.
I put in the time. And I sit with my notebook. I show up. But the heart of the piece doesn't.
I'm disappointed. I'm frustrated. I'm discouraged. I thought by now, by November 4th, I'd have broken through. I'd have something to say. I'd have moved past this writing about writing.
The lovely Anne Marie made a comment today about how not getting anywhere sounds like mothering. And she's right. It's the treadmill, waking up every day to the same laundry, the same dishes, the same discipline I did the day before. I show up. I do the work. But I don't get anywhere.
My little girls are watching me. And as much as sometimes I wish they wouldn't turn into me, I know they will.
So what me do I want them to be?
I want them to read. I want them to be kind. I want them to show up.
So, I guess it matters. I guess we're all actually getting somewhere together.