February 2: the After Photo

2 min readFeb 3

I told everyone in my previous post (yesterday, February 1, 2023) that I had discovered a new way of thinking about my commitments for the day. You can read about it here.

That post featured this photo I took of the mess I determined I would clean up that day — that being one of the only two jobs I gave myself that day:

photo by Tina Lear

I stuck with it. Being the only job I gave myself besides the newsletter, which I’d finished before tackling the desk, I had a sense of spaciousness as I worked my way through the papers.

I kept reminding myself — this is the only thing I have to do today.
I can do this.

What with all the detail work, and bill paying, and filing and, yes, some piling too for future work — it did take around four hours. But those hours were relaxed. They gave way to a couple easy breaks. I took a couple phone calls without feeling guilty.

And I got the whole job done.

Photo by Tina Lear

It may not look like much. But it feels like five hundred pounds just got lifted off my back. So thanks, everyone, for being my accountability buddies — and thanks, Bleu, for giving me the idea in the first place.

Moral of the story: Just do two things a day.

Tina Lear has written since she could hold a pencil. She’s completed four musicals with her long time collaborator, writer Elise Forier-Edie, taught yoga to inmates at Rikers Island, performed for thousands at Folk Festivals nationwide, and driven cattle in Wyoming. If you want to interact with her about books, join her new very loosely held ‘book club.’ May you be happy and free.
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Novelist. Poet. Musician. Buddhist. Quilter. Animal lover. Visible grownup. Hidden child. Secret dancer when all alone. Makes good bread.