No excuses, just start

Plans gone wrong? Stop looking for excuses to make progress.

No excuses, just start

No excuses, just start 800 590 Looking out Loud

This is a Daily Moment—short perspectives on life and times through a dad’s eye.

November 16, 2021

Last night I had this idea to begin recording 60 seconds a day. And there are a number of reasons for doing this, which you can hear in the introduction to these 60-second Dadscraps, audio rants. And what I imagined was waking up and taking my kids to school as usual. Then walking down the red-brick streets of Broadway in Pendleton, IN, observing the last of the changing color leaves, and reflecting on something incredibly profound.

Instead, I found myself driving my kids to school, and from there going on to dump an obscene amount of glass and plastic at the recycling center. And that made me think of a couple of things.

The first is how often our idyllic visions of how the next day might begin, or how some project might go, are so easily thwarted. Not to mention how much pressure we put on ourselves to perform.

The second thing is how you react to that. I could have said, “you know what, I’m going to start this tomorrow when I have my beautiful walk,” But instead, I started today. No excuses. So that’s where we are, and my 60 seconds is up.

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