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A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/18/24

Day #242

There is nothing easy about writing, just as there is nothing easy about turning out quality pieces of art. I am of mediocre ability at both. I have realized that “being the best,” or even being “good,” is not the point. The point is in the doing. The point is deriving the benefit that it has to offer you. This holds no matter what you are doing. As Epictetus said: “If you wish to be a writer, write.” That’s true of all things. Whatever worthwhile skill you wish to obtain, you will never obtain it unless you work at it. Here is the rewarding part: It’s not about being the best, it’s about being the best you can be.

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