A beautiful day in Tempe.
Winter’s bright blue glare.
An easily love affair.
I will now observe a moment of silence.
Shorts and a sweatshirt.
A mid-January, Arizona, fortune.
I’m feeling better, too.
I haven’t published anything in over a week, although, I have been writing every day.
The effects of my MD are inversely related to my ability to think and operate lucidly.
On my bad days, I write. But, personal therapy is not for sharing.
I write because I know. I will feel better, again, soon.
And because yesterday’s experience will help me navigate today.
The benefit of daily of journaling is the mindful comparison of this effort to my previous.
And of this effort to my best.
What went well for me today? What did not?
What did I do to contributed to the result? And, what did I do to undermine myself?
Were my behaviors conducive to my goals? Or was I a destructive influence on my own audition?
And, what lessons can I categorize into a general understanding?
An approach to life.
Going forward — should I shift my stance?
My biggest growth as a writer comes from my journal. It is the playing field where I hone my craft.
As a child I spent many afternoons hitting pitches and throwing and catching balls.
I never thought of it as practice. I was playing and improving. They are one and the same in the presence of mind.
It’s a biologically programmed behavior. Boys play without even realizing, someday soon, success might win the attention of a girl.
But, we don’t play because we want to be noticed.
And, when it’s not fun I am noticed for the wrong reasons.
Now I write, because swinging a bat while remaining on my feet is too difficult.
Writing is fun.
Fun, for me, is learning about myself, and preparing for success on a given day.
Success is not hit-or-miss. Success comes from aiming, followed by a hit or a miss.
Then stepping back.
When I learned team sports, the coaches would always have us stretch and warm-up before practice.
But, on my own I learned that stretching was typically easier after the workout, with muscles already limber. And the benefit of the stretch would last longer. Typically deep into the following day.
I didn’t notice then that I would also use the stretching to meditate.
On what I did, and how I felt. I was judging, during my cool-down, how I performed.
What went well, and what surprised me, if anything?
Now I am an older man. And I realize the mental benefits of assessing each performance, from day-to-day, are better than the physical.
I would rather write badly today than not write at all. I know that tomorrow will probably be better.
And if I do write badly, but identify a cause, I increase the probability.
Tomorrow will be better.
Because I am changing my game-plan as I speak, to handle better handle the contingencies and nuances of life.
I’m no good at that is the mindset of child.
I can get better at this is the mindset of an adult.
And my journal is where I observe myself growing.