Hello, friends! Welcome to this month’s meeting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, a blog hop created by Alex J. Cavanaugh and co-hosted this month by Kim Elliott, Melissa Maygrove, Chemist Ken, Lee Lowery, and Nancy Gideon. To learn more about this amazingly supportive group, click here!
“Do one thing and do it well.” I’ve heard this aphorism over and over again throughout my life, and there’s a certain common sense simplicity to it that I find appealing. Whenever life gets complicated and I feel like I’m being pulled in too many directions at once, I really wish I could pick just one thing to do—I wish I could be permitted to focus all my time and energy on just one thing, without any distractions, so that I could have a chance to do that one thing exceptionally well.
Last month, I participated in the A to Z Challenge. For anyone who doesn’t know, the A to Z Challenge is a month-long blogging event. Participants post twenty-six blog posts, one for each successive letter of the alphabet. All of my posts were about humanity’s future in outer space, or perhaps I should say humanity’s potential future in outer space. Our species has so much potential! But I do realize there’s no guarantee that we’ll live up to our potential, though.
In order to ensure my success with the challenge, I canceled any other plans I’d made in the month of April. I used up a bunch of vacation days at my job. I made sure I got my taxes done super early this year. I put a few of my other creative projects on hold, temporarily. I engineered my whole schedule so that I would able to do just this one thing: blogging. Did I do it well? That’s a subjective thing, of course, but I feel that I did the best I possibly could on most of my posts. And it felt good.
However, there came a point when I started to miss working on my other creative projects. Being able to “do one thing and do it well” feels nice, but to really thrive, I need variety in my creative life. My muse was kind enough to hold back on new ideas during the A to Z Challenge. Now, however, there’s a backlog of ideas that my muse would like me to work on—and I am eager to get to work on those new ideas!
“Do one thing and do it well” can be good advice, for a short time. When life gets complicated, sometimes we need to stop and have the simplicity of doing one and only one thing for a while. But when I think about my lifelong goals, when I think about my own future as a writer/artist/blogger, there’s a different aphorism that I’d rather live by: “Variety is the spice of life.”