Forgive Your Enemies, but Never Forget their Names.

Last updated on April 4th, 2021 at 12:36 pm

“It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.”

–Sally Kempton

The problem with writing a daily blog—or committing to anything daily, for that matter—is that it’s very unlikely that you’ll have good days every day of the year. Sometimes you won’t want to bother; sometimes you just want to roll over, go back to bed and tell the day to go back where it came from. You need to maintain a conscious effort to keep the momentum going—we’re 2/3 through February, and anyone I was following who’s blogging daily has already missed days. Today’s not THAT bad, but a combination of events has got me slightly off my game this morning.

So how do I approach this? How do I beat myself at my own game to make sure I keep productive today? I was originally writing out a whiny paragraph until I realized that it’d do no one any good, so I backtracked and thought about it. So how do I win in a game of wits against myself? How do I change my outlook so that the glass is half-full, rather than the other way around? Well—if I’m up against myself, then I must better understand my enemy. And what better way to do so than to observe the wisdom of the many who came before me:

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