Three Things — We Do the Best We Can

Three Things, my Wednesday post series, inspired by my love for bite-sized, tiny but mighty pieces of information.

One. This —

Two days ago I came to a realization. It hit me with tears and shortness of breath. It blew in fast, taking me unawares. It’s about a part of my life that I thought I had extracted every nugget of learning from. I wrote about it here in case you missed it.

It’s the not knowing until all of a sudden IT HITS YOU IN THE FACE, that’s interesting to me. What other past experiences or situations or conversations are waiting, holding nuggets of gold?

I know this knowing and extending grace to myself will impact my life. It already is. My willingness to forgive myself allows this book I’m writing to be that much more. More of everything.

I’ll just write it down. “Here’s what I did. Here’s what happened. I did the best I could.”

Do you have something that needs to be revisited? If you go back there, just know I’m right alongside you. Slogging it out. And we’re both gonna be ok.


Two. Stop struggling. Just do the work. —

Never forget: This very moment, we can change our lives. There was never a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny. This second we can turn the tables on Resistance.

This second, we can sit down and do our work.

— Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

This. This book has been the Bette Middler of my 4 hours of writing per day. Sometimes I’m ready, other days I just simply don’t want to. But then I think about my book in my hand, and I’m back at the writing table.

Applicable to all things in life.


Three. Go back a year. —

I forget to acknowledge progress, often. From steps taken last month, a quarter ago, hell whenever.

Lately I’ve been making a conscious effort to go back a year in my mind. To take a moment and see what Robyn was doing last year at this time. Sometimes I use my calendar, photos, or maybe FB pops up with one.

Once reminded, I can usually remember what I was feeling, the situation and other details. Whatever the catalyst, it’s important to see where we’ve come from. The lessons learned, the mindset shift, we’re constantly changing.

And that deserves a marking to keep us on course for the next one.