Today I am grateful that my writing coach is a fabulous cheerleader and quasi therapist. And also just a terrific and compassionate person. Despite all my best efforts to concoct many complicated and even compelling excuses not to write over these last few months (other than the usual mundane words I use to describe underground gasoline tank monitoring systems and electronic health records), she has been able to push me over my mental hurdles and hold me accountable.
Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you that holding me accountable for something for which I think I have perfectly good excuses not to do is a TALL order. Some might even describe me as a stubborn procrastinor with undiagnosed attention deficit disorder who will alphabetically organize her entire pantry before performing the task at hand. I’ve long convinced myself that my procrastination techniques are uber productive and help me produce better writing. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Despite this daunting duel of wills, my coach did not throw in the towel. She has encouraged, prodded and even tried to trick me into writing by getting me to forget about my excuses. As a result, I have submitted an article to a magazine (which is getting published next month) and I am writing this blog. My list of articles, essays and books I want to write is extensive. It’s been growing for years.
I have pushed through enough losses and obstacles in life to know that there is a reason for it. And that reason is to help others face their own obstacles. And to keep their eye on the gratitude all the while.