Sunday, November 05, 2006

Revelations - Reprise

Here I am, sitting in front of a blank monitor and a quiet keyboard, minutes before the start of a new week… Saturday night. I want to write something, but all I’ve got is this - a writer writing about not having anything to write about. According to my editor’s editor, it’s the most natural thing in the world for a writer to write about. I never quite paid any attention before he said it, but so it is true.

Nevertheless, if I can’t come up with anything else, this will suffice. Writing about nothing… it’s been my experience that something will materialize, all I have to do is just keep pushing the buttons and something will scurry out…

There it is!

I was catching up with a friend that I haven’t seen in several days and lamenting about how busy I’ve been. I tried to be clear that I wasn’t complaining – indeed, I am so grateful to have such demands on my time. As I was running through my schedule with him, and while he elaborated on his equally busy life, it hit me. I interrupted him and said,

“It’s success.”

That surprised me. It was a revelation and it surprised me. It is success; that is what I’m experiencing. Success. I’m busy… my time is in demand because I am succeeding. It’s not nearly as burdensome when viewed in the proper perspective. I am busy being successful.

I’ve been busy doing nothing and I know what that feels like. I’ve also been busy doing things that were something, but no one seemed to care too much. Once in a great while, I’ve kept busy with important stuff, but never felt important. The bottom line is that I may have been busier at other points in my life, but I never felt “busy.” Hassled? Yes. Haggard? For sure. Stressed? Unbearably. But not busy like this.

Today and for some time now, I have felt great demand on my time. Very little of my time is ever wasted anymore. When it is “wasted,” it’s by design – it’s a needed, albeit short break. I can’t ever remember feeling particularly successful before, not for any length of time anyway.

Apparently it’s not so much the specific output, but rather the big picture; the sustained forward progression. It’s about the realization of long-term goals materialized by short-term strategies. One day at a time. All of a sudden that frenzied feeling of meeting deadline after deadline – only to be followed by yet another deadline has turned to accomplishment, commitment, perseverance, patience… success. Busy is good.


Anonymous said...

Wow! What an insight. I had never thought of it this way before - and I guess the opposite is true too. Sadly, I find myself with way too much time on my hands. Not a good sign for my success barometer. I really need a plan of action - I am wasting my life.

LOL! Sorry, but that's what I got out of your post.

I am thrilled to be one of the observers of your success! It's very inspiring.

Anonymous said...

and you should pat yourself on the back too. I bet it is a great feeling!

Lady Prism said...

ah'..heavens!..looks like we could compare scheds too!..ha!ha!..But what a powerful way to word it...very

"Busy is good.."

never thought of calling me a success know what?..because of everything you wrote...I think I am...( biiig smiiile from me:))..


X said...

I enjoy the busy...but after being busy all last week...having downtime today is good...really good! I think writing about not having ideas to write about or why we write in general is the easiest thing for writers to do. Procrastination is also easy, even when there is a looming deadline, but I digress.

awareness said...

"Busy doing busy work"......that's an expression in my neck of the woods..... your life is comprised of "busy doing meaningful and self-satisfying work."

How gratifying, Mike. I can see the difference and can see that it truly does define success now that you pointed it out. I like the definition........

Now.....can I just get rid of all that busychorework to free up the time for the busysuccesswork? :)

Enjoy your week.


The Harbour of Ourselves said...

I like this, I like it a lot.

The times I have had deadlines for columns of varying subject matter and just stared blankly (!?) at the screen not having a clue as to how those hundred of thousand words pieces will be formed - or even what out of - and then it hits you, they come out of the silence - out of that with is void and nothing

long may not knowing what to write enable us to inspire

Ellen said...

Nothing like a good case of the "busies" to ensure job security. Better yet... when you love what you do, it doesn't feel like busy work at all, does it?

That all said... I'm ready to slow down now, but my busy season has already started. Looks like I'll get that downtime sometime in January.

I am also glad to be sitting in the grandstands witnessing your success. With your writing skills, I knew I was glad to have stumbled upon your blog. You are indeed a great writer.