I’m in a bit of a bind. I’ve taken on a lot of favors. I’ve picked up some projects. And I’ve got a very rush job project that just came to contract Friday. Suddenly, I’ve gone from wondering what I’m going to do to about the next few months to wondering how I’m going to survive them. You’ve probably had that happen before too, haven’t you? You’ve gone from worried to crushed with work, and then back again, right? Because it’s what we all do, especially those of us you who own your future. It’s at those moments where you start thinking about all you have.
All You Have
On one side, all you have is yourself. You hear this a lot. Sometimes, it’s comforting. Other times, it’s what you do to counter the ouchy feeling that others can inspire in you.
On the other side, all you have is the love and support of those you’ve come to count on as your friends, and those people who nourish you. But even then, they don’t actually do the work. They can support you, but even that will be very strange and squishy and not always befitting of the situation.
So really, when you come down to that moment of execution, all you have is you.
No one writes your book for you (unless you pay them to, I guess). No one makes the hard decisions for you. No one actually helps you put your butt into the chair to do the work. That’s all you.
And yet, if you think you do it all by yourself, you’re fooling yourself. There are many people who got you to where you are now. There are many people who care for you, who love you, who support you and put a lot of energy into helping you get where you’re going. And if you doubt that, even for a moment, things go awry. Some of this might take the form of whatever spirituality or religion you believe. But some of this is real, honest, wonderful people, right here on our little blue marble.
And both matter in the equation, no matter what.