An Exercise in Focus, Writing, and Gratitude

Row of Stones in Water

In 321 days I’ll turn 60. One of those arbitrary, round-number birthdays (though a friend often argues our “real” birthday’s are 280 days earlier). Nine years ago I did a “what I believe” post on my 50th, and I kind of expect to do the same again.

Between then and now I want to model one of the people I admire – Seth Godin. Seth posts something on his blog every day, and I’ve recently learned that he often doesn’t know what it is he’s about to write until he sits down to write it.

This appeals to me personally for a few reasons:

  • I need to improve my ability to focus. Setting a goal and actually doing this is one way to practice that.
  • I need to improve my writing ability. As they say, practice, practice, practice. This is another approach to do exactly that, while not being restricted to the subject matter encompassed by Ask Leo!.
  • I also want to practice my gratitude. I’m so incredibly fortunate in so many ways, I also want to use this an exercise to remind myself of that daily. Maybe as an afterthought to a topical post, perhaps as the subject, who knows? But it’s a daily reminder to be grateful and write it down.

So today I’m grateful for the reading I do, the information I have readily available to me, and a platform and a technique that allows me to exercise all those things.

Always learning…