Sunday Quote: I Must Do The Work


Nothing will work unless you do. —Maya Angelou

I’m feeling so lazy. Not being able to walk is getting so tiresome. I’m also supposed to keep my foot elevated most of the time. I can use this as an excuse to not do anything.

I was sitting in my wheelchair in the living room in a major debate with myself. I have a weakness for Assassin’s Creed. I have an older game I want to finish so I can get the newest one for Christmas. I really wanted to play. I really did not want to work.

But, I wanted to have written today. Yes, I did not necessarily want to write, but I wanted the result. Writing gives me focus, organized my thoughts. It is what I DO.

How can I forget so easily what it is that keeps me going? I know I should pray and meditate. I know I should write. I know I should do the dishes (well, when my ankle heals, that is.) But I don’t.

Is there a secret to magically be brimming with motivation? A magic pill, or spell, or saying. Something, anything, to get me motivated.

The truth is, no one can get me motivated except me. I have to be willing to show up. So, how did I get from my wheelchair to where I am now, writing? I really don’t know. I wish I could capture that moment when it changed, when I no longer wanted to play a video game but instead am enjoying writing.

I think I did the “5 minutes at a time” deal. I can do anything for 5 minutes. I decided to read my favorite blogs. After reading a few, I googled, “I need motivation.” Then I found this quote. Then I started writing.

The thing is, it’s really not important what I did at that moment. What is important is that I did something! Anything. I like to say that it’s easier for God to steer a moving vehicle. When I’m in motion, that the series of miracles, big and small, can guide me to my ultimate truth.

There is such a simple truth in this Maya Angelou quote. Just sitting, waiting for motivation to hit will not work. Wishing, praying, pleading do not work. That Nike saying is so true:  Just Do It.



2 thoughts on “Sunday Quote: I Must Do The Work

  1. Shawn, like you, I wish there was a magic motivation pill. It seems that writing is like walking sometimes. Just put one foot in front of the other and go. One word at a time and then one sentence at a time and then one paragraph at a time. Often when I’ve finished that first paragraph I still don’t know what to write about. LOL

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