Wildly important goal. I’ve never been successful with New Year’s resolutions; not much with goals. The past few years of health challenges left me feeling that I might not ever accomplish some goals I cherish, mostly secretly. So I decided I need a W.I.G.
I must go for a certain ‘it’ or I can’t breathe. But it can’t be done in an environment of perfection or tradition. I need some ‘wild’ in there somewhere to motivate me. There is one goal that nags me year after year and never gets done because it seems a bit impossible…but isn’t. I’ll be miserable if I don’t aim for it. And maybe if I anchor it in place, all the other lesser goals will become submissive and harmonize to enhance this big W.I.G. That’s the hope and plan.
Jonathan Edwards(1703-1758) was a fiery revivalist preacher and philosopher. His passion for preaching led him to select a diet that would be conducive to writing, thinking and preaching—a healthy diet rather than an indulgent one that would leave him sleepy and slow down productive thinking. When I first read about him, I thought that if you have a hearth fire burning in your heart for some matter that you are passionate about, then you will sacrifice for it.
If you don’t have a wildly important goal, then you might settle for watching TV and eating cheesecake or other mind-smothering goodies.
I wish Brenda Ueland was still alive. I love her! I choose her as my most favorite mentor ever—so gracious to insecure writers and other creatives of any and every sort—whether cooking, sewing, drawing, teaching, speaking, web designing, playing with children, or training pets. You get the idea.
Brenda lived 93 active years. She was an award winning journalist and writer, a swimmer who won some kind of award in her 80’s, a feminist, and author of one amazingly encouraging book called So You Want to Write. She walked 9 miles a day and wove her creativity out of those times of dreamy walking. 9 miles—whew, I am going to step up my walking this year!
Here’s what she says to encourage creatives, especially writers—p.14: “We have come to think that duty should come first. I disagree….Writing, the creative effort, the use of the imagination, should come first,–at least for some part of every day of your life…You will become happier, more enlightened, alive, impassioned, lighthearted and generous to everybody else. Even your health will improve. Colds will disappear and all the other ailments of discouragement and boredom.”
Happier and healthier! Who doesn’t want that? So I will admit that I am going to make a W.I.G. related to writing. I have spent so many years chasing crumbs or trying to please others (which mostly can’t be done so why bother?). Everyone has to wash dishes and clothes, cook, swab potties (my most abhorrent task) some time. But nobody lets that fill their lives, so I am done with all that being first.
I want to write so I am going to. I now have a writing accountability partner–someone I respect and will want to report my best to, a coach to help me stay on track, a patient husband who believes in me, a granddaughter who loves to help with graphic design stuff for my blog. How can I not get wild?
So what’s the wild and noble thing you must do this year? Pick a W.I.G. You might sneeze less, be happier, bring more happiness to others. The world will thank you!