Consider how our approach to something changes if we do not think about it having an end point, if it carries on for as long as we carry on.
If I do something today, it is a moment in my life that can be seen as either good, bad or indifferent. If I say that I will carry on for a week, a month, a year, it may be longer, but there is still a time when it will end.
What if I say to myself, “I love doing this, it nourishes me, it serves me and there is no reason to stop until a reason presents itself. I could do this for as long as I live”
When I say this, something changes in my attitude to the daily action. It suddenly becomes no easier to evaluate and critique than the entirety of a life. It becomes a journey of unfolding where showing up every day becomes more important than the actual activity you are doing.
Poet William Stafford, who wrote a poem every day for 40 years, describes it well.
“I keep following this sort of hidden river of my life, you know, whatever the topic or impulse which comes, I follow it along trustingly. And I don’t have any sense of its coming to a kind of crescendo, or of its petering out either. It is just going steadily along”
I suggest that we all have a small act we could do every day to help us better view the unfolding of our life.