“We paddlers keep going back to the river because, despite all the dangers, we know that when we find the correct, clean line that allows us to breeze through almost effortlessly, the feeling is insurmountable.”
In my business now, as much as I may love and engage in the work I'm editing, the writing will not evolve if the writer doesn't love and engage with it far more than I do. As a case manager, really wanting someone to learn English because I know it will vastly improve his opportunities does not make him fluent if the only way he knows to move forward is to work harder and longer at his minimum wage job.
Making my bed has not only consistently given me a motivated start to every morning and a satisfying end to every evening, but has also helped me prove to myself I can pick up an new habit--and maintain it.
Travel is an entirely optional ingredient in living a meaningful life--and there are other, much more critical ingredients we as a culture give little weight to.
I don't really feel like writing about this.
I speak Spanish a few times a week at my job and my mouth quickly gets tired and clumsy from the unfamiliar shapes it has to make. The only reason I remember the word for "hole" is because I have huecos in my vocabulary. I stopped straining to understand new accents and simply tell people to slow down if I can't understand them.
This is one of the ways I learned that "But this is just who I am!" doesn't fly as an excuse for unprofessional or inappropriate behavior. We learn to present certain aspects of ourselves in appropriate situations.