Posted by: Leigh Reynolds | February 7, 2011

Writers Block

So, I start a blog because I have all these thoughts I want to get out of my head and share. For weeks, I am writing posts in my head, and I have to say that – in my head – they are brilliant. I finally get this set up and get started and I clam up. Maybe it’s the pressure of it being something real. No longer just something rolling around in my mind.

Isn’t that how life goes, if we’re not careful? A series of false starts. We have all of these grand plans and ideas, but they remain just that. Ideas. I guess that is what they mean by “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” We mean to do great things, but somehow we get lost in our inability (or unwillingness) to act.

I meant to send that sympathy card when my friends brother-in-law died.

I thought about telling my daughter’s teacher how amazing she is and how glad I am that my child is in her care every week day.

When my friend was ill, I was going to take over dinner for her family so she could rest.

I wanted to welcome the new neighbor… I meant to say thank you… I was going to call…

The next thing you know, a few months have gone by and now the card would be embarrassingly late. Oops. A year has gone by and my daughter is in a new class. Uh Oh.  I can’t recall the last time I spoke with that person.

Life will slip away if we let it. It will get gobbled up in TV shows and video games and a whole lot of nothing. But we don’t have to let it, and we don’t have to change the world in a day. One small step at a time, we can make a difference – in our own lives and in the lives of those around us.

Today, turn off the computer or the TV and send a card to someone. Not an email or a facebook post – a good, old-fashioned, hand-written card. Say thank you to the teacher, or store clerk, or the barista who remembers your name. Call that old friend with whom you lost touch. Just do something that you’ve been meaning to do.

Look there… I have a post.

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