This marks my one hundredth post since beginning my challenge to write every day. While for many it is important to take a day off to refresh and rejuvenate, for some reason I tend to just drift away. This has been the case for so many things that I enjoyed and looked forward to; morning walks, going to the gym, eating healthfully, watching the nightly news; the list is endless.
I suspect this results from a lack of self-discipline and a somewhat drifty personality. I lose interest easily, or rather I gain interest in something else easily and leave all of my best laid plans behind. As part if my personal Happiness Project and overall growth, I realized this was one thing that lead to much unhappiness in my life. Not only was I not doing something I deeply love, writing, but I had a long list of unfinished projects, unmet goals, unestablished habits. This blog became my first step in the process of finding a way to make something I value stick. Taking a day off from it has seemed like falling back into my pattern of drifting away, never to return. As my regular followers know, I lost a day to a technology glitch, but I am happy to say I picked up the very next day.
Writing daily has other hazards as well. Repetition being the first and a huge one at that. I am not offering timely diet tips, a log of my struggles with weight or parenting or learning to dance. This has become daily philosophical musings, and the topics are often interrelated and have been examined for centuries by great minds and even in my case discussed more than once. In considering this I began to worry that this blog and its direction have grown stale. I reminded myself that sometimes I must hear the same thing several times and from several angles before it really takes. I also reminded myself that every day new readers find me and may only read a couple of entries, which then are new to them. With that consolation I will continue looking at life, truth, the senses, reading, writing, happiness and the rest. I look forward to the next one hundred posts and hope that you will as well.