I have written something every day for the last 1,222 days.
I have meditated every day for the last 311 days.
Why to I keep track of these activities? It started as a way to motivate myself to do the things I ket saying I wanted to do but somehow kept putting off doing. Taking a cue from Jerry Seinfeld, I created a yearly chart on a dry erase board and marked an “X” in each box every day I wrote. Seeing that chain of x’s created enough momentum that I didn’t want to break the chain.
Same with meditation. I use an app that keeps track of my sessions. It’s so encouraging and empowering to see the days add up.
As the days add up, I notice a shift. A shift in how I relate to myself, to the world, to my writing, to my thoughts.
As the days add up, I realize I am no longer longing to live the life I want to live, I am actually living it. As Annie Dillard says: