Made of Moments


I know it’s a thing you’ve heard me say before, but the thought has come up in conversation a few times over the last little while so maybe it’s worth putting down here.

We both agree that if I wait for the perfect conditions to do anything I may never get there because conditions will likely never be perfect.  And while I certainly prefer having a chunk of time to settle into something, necessity has demonstrated that I can do good work even if I don’t get that time.  (Part of the trick is not feeling a need to rush just because there’s not a lot of time, but maybe that thought’s for another day.)  And, too, I can see you nodding your head when I say that I’ve demonstrated that constant application of a few minutes here and a few minutes there can add up to a significant amount of work accomplished over time.  You’ve seen me do it.

So now I find myself looking for imperfect conditions and a small window of time–and that’s when I start thinking about what I can work on.  Sure, if a huge swath of time settles in with perfect conditions I’ll cheerfully make good use of it.  But I’m okay with a few minutes and a small patch of sunlight.  And you must admit that imperfect conditions and not much time–well, that happens fairly often.  Which gives me lots of opportunity to practice getting something useful done in those circumstances.  And apparently practicing is one thing I’ve got good at over the years.  Funny, that.

A few minutes and imperfect conditions.

Life is made of moments.  Look, there’s one now.  What will you do with it?