Gorgeous day. Absolutely gorgeous. Hot, summer hot. In the fall. Wonderful. I am recovering from my root canal. Not so nicely, a lot more swelling than I was expecting. I’ve had a root canal before, but I don’t really remember much. This time, thanks to the Hashi’s, I am documenting everything.
I think that has been the most interesting part of this journey. Seeing in hindsight the connections that get made as we move through our daily lives.
This ache, that pain. Meaningless in the moment. Morphs into something larger. Looking back, you can connect the dots.
As Steve Jobs said in his 2005 Stanford Commencement Address, “… you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward.”
But looking back without a map doesn’t always show you the path. And the memory blurs the lines. But when you have the dots, even to an unpleasant outcome … then, then the journey becomes a thing of beauty.
What have I learned over the course of these 30 days? The biggest lesson was that daily writing isn’t enough. The daily habit, isn’t enough. The consistency comes from keeping as much the same as possible. The same time of day, the same location. The same tools. It has been a fun experiment. And now it is time to move onto the next one. The next experiment is a 31 day, five items per day purge. Every day for the month of October, I will be getting rid of five items in my house, talking about it on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Finding the connections and relationships. The writing continues, just with a different focus.
Hope to see you there.