Keep on pitching:
Things may seem like they’re going to hell in a hand basket, but one can either fold up like an accordion, and quit trying to achieve one’s goals and better the world, or simply retreat into passivity, and settle for living without any form of transcendent vision. When I look at the state of politics in this country, the struggle against the rise of extremism and religious intolerance seems hopeless at times. But it is important to stay the course, continue to engage in creative expression, and to do what one can to advance at least the idea of justice, if not justice itself.
Keep on pitching. As long as I am alive, I will speak the truth as I know it, without equivocation. “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” These words, attributed to Jesus, I take literally.
One direction at a time:
I can go off in 10 different directions at once, easily. Attribute this to Bipolar, adult ADD or the restless mind of a creative person: the fact is that I can lose focus easily. Many other creative folks experience the same phenomenon.
I have devised ways of countering this tendency. The standard “to-do” list is one way, but I tyr to limit the number of items on the list and prioritize them.
When I stick to a project and finish it, just the fact of finishing is enormously rewarding. Earlier in my life, I would start a writing project and then let it go, failing to engage in the necessary editorial process.
Perseverance is such an important character trait, and once we lose a grip on as stress factors impinge upon us. At that point, stress management strategies, like exercise, play a key role in uncluttering the mind.
Do you struggle with this issue, too?