My writer friend Jenn and I are following a sixty day program from one of John Demartini’s books. Today is Day 19: the Law of Perseverance. As has been the case almost daily (I am so predictable.) when I glanced at today’s chapter heading, I thought, ‘oh, I know what perseverance is: hard work.’
But as I read Demartini’s upbeat account of how he regards perseverance, I realized my definition had a negative slant. My definition of perseverance ran along the lines of ‘fighting the good fight.’ Or the bad fight. Fight, fight, fight. Why did I view it as a struggle?
Again – as has been the case almost daily (I hate being predictable.) when I completed the chapter’s reflection exercise I made an important distinction. Somewhere along the way, probably while telling myself I was multi-tasking – ha ha ha – I tried to make perseverance a two-step procedure: a process and a conclusion. No wonder it’s a struggle.
Perseverance is not about judgment. Perseverance is simply forward motion. It’s action, not analysis. Action and analysis cannot simultaneously co-exist. They are sequential events. You act, then – later! – you assess. And if necessary, you take modified action.
My failure to remember this in my everyday writing trips me up. Drafting and editing cannot co-exist. If I form a sentence in my head and then immediately question its appropriateness, it takes for-freaking-ever to draft a paragraph. It’s no better if I write the sentence, then stop and edit it. Forward motion ceases when I analyze.
My big take away? Perseverance is action. Perseverance is flow uninterrupted. All acts have beginnings and endings. Creation is no exception. Only after the act of perseverance has ended do I begin another action. The editing/analyzing/trashing is simply another action. Which likewise has an eventual ending. Then it’s on to a new beginning. A new action. When I look at it this way, persevering is inherently more joyful.
Your turn. Go. Create joyfully.