The final proof of writing, proof of authorship, rests firmly not on what is done on a day to day basis, but in the end. A couple married for 60 years cannot honestly say they knew they would reach such a milestone, as politicians cannot account in advance for how history will view their success or failure.
We tend to live more in the future than in the present in our society. We concentrate on retirement, on fame and fortune... on the weekend. That indicates to me that we aren't taking enough pleasure in what we're actually doing. We aren't loving the moment; we're loathing it and waiting for something to happen to magically make everything better, like a mama's kiss on a boo-boo.
Jen Frankel is finding her religion
I'm not big on delayed gratification. I used to see it as a problem, but now I'm realizing that if I live my success every day, I get to succeed in the present. I know I'll succeed in the future; it's a foregone conclusion that I must believe in adamantly, or it's difficult to sit down every day and write.
But I have to live now, and enjoy now, which means loving the difficult process and discovering all its rewards. Every day.
That's my religion; that's my faith. The Church of the Foregone Conclusion. Live now, and the future will take care of itself.
I used to live in the present and the past, and felt only longing in the present. But, if life is to truly be lived, the only answer to how I should proceed is to do what I do when do it, and let the future judge how I did.