Always remember that you have a responsibility to keep your word with others and especially yourself.
I made a promise to myself that I would write a blog post every week this year. I try to write a little each day.
Unfortunately this week got away from me. Today, Sunday, is the first time I have taken the time to write anything.
I’m not happy that I let myself neglect my writing practice. I’m not happy that in the busyness of life I found it just easier to skip it each day, telling myself I’ll have time tomorrow.
However that’s over, and I can’t change what I did or didn’t do last week. I can only change this moment.
“The wise man is like a dog leashed to a cart, running alongside and smoothly keeping pace with it, while a foolish man is like a dog that struggles against the leash but finds himself dragged alongside the cart anyway. Either we accept what happens, run alongside smoothly, and try to make the best with it, or, we complain about the situation, get miserable, and get dragged behind anyway because we cannot change it.” – Zeno
I have accepted the responsibility to get a blog post out this week. I won’t complain. I am just happy I kept my promise to myself.
Next week I will return to my discussion of the four Stoic virtues. I will discuss discipline, which I need to find a little more of in my writing practice. But life is a continuous journey.