Bird by bird

birds1“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report written on birds that he’d had three months to write, which was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books about birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.”Anne Lamott

There are some psychologists who believe over-thinkers to have highly specialized brains; their minds are great at solving complex problems. Where most people give up easily enough, they keep thinking and trying to find a solution. They spend more time on a certain task.

But over-thinkers often get stuck. Their minds keep trying to fix something that can’t be fixed, no matter what. And this is slowly killing them inside.

A solution to overthinking is to think of what’s next to be done. That is, actually, a good way to keep you distracted from most of the miseries of life.

Doing what you can, then the next thing, and the next, is how all great things are done.

I am writing this post one word at a time.

Also, I have high goals when it comes to my career as a writer. I can overthink my current situation. I can think and think and think until I’ll just talk myself out of doing anything at all.

We all wake up some mornings and we feel like climbing up a mountain.

“It is impossible,”says the mind. “You can’t do it.”

A thousand voices keep telling us that we are not good enough, or strong enough, or smart enough. You can’t even see the top of the mountain you are to climb.

How can you possibly reach it?

How many steps does it take to reach it? How many?

Then you just take one step. You have to force yourself. Legs shaking, you take one step after another. Staring down at your feet, you put one foot in front of another.

That’s how you accomplish anything in life.

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6 comments on “Bird by bird

  1. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    I LOVE Anne Lamott.

  2. Anita Bacha says:

    Definitely! One step at a time!

  3. bibizsuzsi says:

    I feel like this piece of writing was made for me! Thank you :)!

  4. Love Ann Lamott, and this post. This is such an important thing to remember!

  5. Mika says:

    Your posts help me everytime.

  6. Just what I needed today! Thank you again. God bless your writing :)

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