Consider how our approach to something changes if we do not think about it having an end point, if we can imagine it carrying on for as long as we do.
What if I say to myself, “I love doing this, it nourishes me and there is no reason to stop. I could do this for as long as I live”
When I say this, something changes in my attitude to this daily activity. It suddenly becomes no easier to evaluate and critique than the entirety of a life. It becomes an unfolding journey 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”
We all have things we could do every day to help us better view the unfolding of our life.
Find what works for you.
And do it.