Aa: allure, alluring
The Alluring Promise of Tomorrow (and Accepting Today)
I love the idea of tomorrow. Tomorrow, everything will be different. What holds me back and troubles me today won’t exist tomorrow. After a good night’s sleep, I’ll wake up refreshed, focused, and motivated.
Except, sometimes I wake up feeling just as sluggish and unfocused as the day before. I’m just as afraid and full of self-doubt as I was yesterday.
Karen Karbo, a writer I admire, posted a quote on her Facebook page from Doris Lessing that gets at the heart of it:
“Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.”
After a day or two of not-feeling-like-it, it might seem logical to look at the calendar for a fresh start: I’ll pull myself together and start working on my creative projects on Monday, or on the first of the month, or after the holidays, or at the start of the new year.
The thing is, a fresh start never comes along, and the expectations of this Perfect New Day keep mounting. The truth is, this alluring promise of tomorrow is actually a compelling form of procrastination, wrapped up in shiny paper and a pretty bow, looking promising, but empty.
Practicing your craft might feel easier tomorrow, but it is just as likely to feel harder, so you may as well start today. Slog through the doubt and malaise and put in a few minutes of effort right now.
Accept the less-than-ideal situation you’re in, accept who you are, where you are, and the facts of your life in this moment and start from here. There’s no better place.
Seriously, go! Your daily effort starts now.