Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Where there's a will....
I'm not put off by strong emotions, or sudden impulses, or other people's nay-saying. I don't find excuses for not doing anything. I don't procrastinate. If I've made up my mind to do something, then I do it.
I'll go into work even if I'm feeling poorly, if there's a job that needs to be done.
I'll tackle something difficult despite all my neurotic fears and anxieties and doubts.
I'll plod through all those tedious job applications even if I'd rather be listening to Joni Mitchell.
I'll be polite and courteous to someone, even if their behaviour makes me want to strangle them.
I'll look at every room in that huge art gallery, despite my weary eyes and weary legs.
I'll get to the top of that mountain, however beautiful the view from halfway up.
Maybe sometimes my willpower gets the better of me and overpowers sensible thoughts and valid emotions. Maybe sometimes I'm set on doing something that doesn't need doing, just to prove that I can do it and not seem feeble or pathetic.
But it does mean I do things others wouldn't feel up to. It means I've tried my hardest to achieve something, and I won't later regret copping out. It means I've done what I wanted to do and not succumbed to other people's head-shaking.
I would never have been to Australia three times if I'd given in to my loathing of sleepless and mind-numbing long-haul flights. But I was determined to get there, and what an experience it was.
Grinning and bearing it can sometimes be amazingly rewarding.
PS: On reflection, I think this post is nonsense. By willpower and self-discipline, all I really mean is determination. In other words, if I'm determined to do something (for whatever reason), then I'll do it. I'm just complicating something very simple.