Too Much to Do?by Brian McDermott on 06/30/11
I made a to-do list off of my to-do list today, and I'm ending the day feeling I haven't gotten very much done. Not exactly a banner day.
So I went in search for a little solace, and found it in this quote from Ann Lamott. It's one of my favorites. It's from a book she published in 1994, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.
years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was
trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to
write. [It] was due the next day. We were at our family cabin... and he
was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and
pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the
task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my
brother's shoulder, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by
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