Consistency has always been one of my shortcomings. I can start any new
program or goal with gusto, only to be quickly stifled by my waning
interest and quickly my real-life responsibilities take over. It is the
reason I am always on the lookout for new diabetic technology. If I
can have some new gizmo or gadget I will get interested in taking care
of myself. For a while. And then the apathy sets in again until I find
my next new thing. It is also why there are huge gaps in this blog. I
resolve to write consistently and do so for a while and then once again
I have let months pass with nothing. I tried around New Year's when
excitement is high all around for all types of new endeavors, but that
only lasted a few days.


I convince myself that my lack of blogging is linked to the desire not to bore people or to put out anything that is less than inspired. But I think both of these simply
are a fancy cover for my lack of discipline. Rousseau once said, "A
sentiment takes possession of my soul with the rapidity of lightning,
but instead of illuminating, it dazzles and confounds me; I feel all,
but see nothing; I am warm, but stupid; to think I must be cool. What is
astonishing, my conception is clear and penetrating, if not hurried; I
can make excellent impromptus at leisure, but on the instant, could
never say or do anything worth notice." Since I first read that I have
time and again felt it resound in my soul. And if that is, in fact,
true, the only thing I need to produce un-boring work is to provide
myself with the time and space to get "cool" and that takes discipline.

Thus, I resolve, once a week, to give myself the leisure so that I may make those impromtus and possibly even do something worth notice. I've heard it said that to be a
writer you need to write something everyday. I don't know if I will
publicly attempt that one yet, so I will set a more realistic and
achievable goal, to write and publish a post weekly. Let's see if I can
follow through.

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Comment by Lisa on August 31, 2010 at 5:16pm
We'll be watching and waiting. ;0) I read something from a few weeks ago (I think) that you wrote and enjoyed it. I completely understand what your getting at though. I am very much a "starter" and not a "finisher" and so I have to hook up with friends that are the "finishing" type and then we're all productive, lol. I am super disorganized and many of my friends are the complete opposite so it works out really well. They put up with me and set me straight. As for blogging, I think it's a mood that comes and goes. I really noticed that with fb for me so I don't think you're alone on this on again off again thing. The other thing is to make the completion of the goal really good like chocolate or something. I used to do that with classes that I hated. I'd have something really good after each one and it got me through. Good luck!
Comment by Erin on September 1, 2010 at 10:32am
good call on the rewarding yourself thing. i did that too in school to get myself to study. i suppose i could come up with some good rewards for myself...

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