on dedication

21 days into my little post a day experiment and I’m struck by how much thinking must go into each post. I’m not writing a tome or even something brilliant, yet each day must have time to craft thoughts. Time to think, apply and comprehend the world around me. It’s not a task generally planned for in the day of the average human. Most of us do not set the timer, close the door, block time in the calendar to focus on producing results toward a goal. Most of us don’t do that because we assume it will come naturally. We believe we are already producers and so we think we will produce when we feel inspired to create.

But after a mere 21 days I don’t believe we do. I think we (and by we, I mean I) give ourselves, our brains and our thoughts too much credit. And we give inspiration too much control. Really being good or even just applying ourselves moderately well requires dedication. If we were dedicated how would we create? Would we be prolific like Woody Allen or world-changing like Robert Johnson? If we applied our time to something that mattered to us could we make a difference?

So after 21 days - I’ve decided to keep this going as long as possible - to dedicate energy and time to creating my art. Whatever that art might be on that particular day. Who knows where that dedication might lead.