It’s been a stressful week. It’s going to be a stressful weekend, followed by another stressful week. Not that there will not be blessings in all of it, but that’s just what my corner of the world is like right now.
So earlier this week, I talked about button pushing of one sort. Last night, I had an experience of someone else button pushing. Grey area guy texted me the following, in a conversation about the dog:
“u r awesome! doubt you need that affirmation, but i needed to say it.”
I mentioned yesterday that I thought my word for this year was FOCUS! (I didn’t want to yell it in the title because I’ve already gone off at length once today, and didn’t want you to think I was doing it again.) But I also mentioned that I’m working on my goals in 20-minute chunks.
My mom is a button-pusher. I can mostly give her the benefit of the doubt and say that she possibly doesn’t do it consciously, though I have serious doubts about that. She does like the upper hand, and she’s in a point in her life where she doesn’t naturally have it, so every once in awhile, she’ll just push the buttons to see what will happen.
I don’t know why that adage “yard by yard, life is hard, but inch by inch, it’s a cinch!” stuck with me the way it did, but maybe it’s because I’m a yard by yard person by nature. I want to dive in and get it done. It’s more satisfying. Inch by inch is maddening. One of my all-time favorite quotes is from Steven Wright, who compared something to “being nibbled to death by ducks.” I can, at any moment, list for you at least one thing that feels like I’m being nibbled to death by ducks.
I’ve had the feeling several times in this new year. And just in case there’s anything to karma, I’m remarking on it with gratitude, not bragging or complaining.
Well worth adopting.
Failing is part of life and it’s going to happen to you many, many times – but failing doesn’t make you a failure. The only way that you become a failure is if you stop trying.