Living Juicy (or Juicier?)

I came across an assortment of notes, ideas, and pictures I have had tucked away in my well-worn (and much loved) copy of Living Juicy: Daily Morsels for Your Creative Soul. I must have jotted down the following hand-written snippet 5 or 6 years ago now:

I never half ass anything. If I make an effort, I give it everything I have. I don’t expect that from others but that’s just how I roll. Anything worth doing is worth doing well.

Time changes us. Life changes us. Every passing moment changes us (whether we recognize these changes as they are happening or not). It’s nice to be reminded though that sometimes, some things don’t change (or change so little that the change is impossible to notice). This little snippet that I’ve had tucked away for all these years still rings every bit as true as the day I put the ink on the paper and that makes me smile. There are realizations that I’m making day by day that haven’t ever occurred to me (or occurred to me so long ago that they seem brand new and shiny again). It feels like it was longer than a lifetime ago that I was good – not just to myself but for myself. It’s been far too long since I required myself to be gentle (or at least more gentle) with myself.

Time has changed me. Life has changed me. Every passing moment I have lived has changed me (whether I recognized these changes as they were happening or not). But this truth has a foundation strong enough to have weathered time and life and more passing moments than I will ever be able to count. I dare say that I think this is progress.

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