You must write every single day of your life… You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads… may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”
— Ray Bradbury
Living intentionally. Intentional living. Living with intention. The order and phraseology doesn’t really matter as much as the idea that what you do matters. And, by extension, who you are (you know the person you are on your sofa late at night in your sweats with no one else around? That person) also matters.
I kind of wrote around this idea in last Saturday’s post, but as of late it’s become this full-bodied shadow that is hunting—or maybe that’s haunting— me. Have you ever been chased by an idea? Some goal or thing that you felt compelled to do? Ever run from that thing? I have. And the only way it seems to make it stop chasing you is to embrace it and try it out. And that’s what I’m going to do.
I wasn’t quite sure how to start this thing so I searched for “intentional living” in Yahoo (yeah, yeah Google blah, blah, blah) and this site popped up. Well, a lot of sites popped up, but this one was at the top of the queue and more aligned with whatever it is my soul is trying to get me to do. The basic premise? Do One Thing (just one!) each day for the next 30 days that will bring pleasure to Christ and benefit you. The whole concept being that focusing on this One Thing will keep you (me) from focusing on the billion less important things.
Can you guess what my One Thing is? Yep, writing. My One Thing is to write a blog post every, single day for next 30 days. Yes, really. No matter how many hours I work or how tired I am, I will choose to write every day. And now that those words are out there, hard stamped in Times Roman, I’m quite naturally obligated to do it.
The fresh beginning to a new month is as a good a starting line as any, particularly November since it’s also National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO). Scribes and scribblers around the world will commit to writing a 50K word novel in just one month! I successfully completed NANOWRIMO in 2011 and I really want to try it again, but that would be Two Things and I’m only committing to One right now.
One blog post a day. Just One. I imagine there will be random essays, perhaps some poetry, maybe a love letter or two. How about some excerpts from my Novel? Or maybe straight up word vomit when I have no idea what else to write. I honestly have no idea what I’m going to write about, but I’m excited (and slightly nervous) to see what comes out.
Do you have a One Thing?