I realize this is a small problem in the grand scheme of things, but the phrase that gets me through these small moments of stress is the same phrase that gets me through big moments of agonizing grief and pain: "Bird by bird. You probably recognize this ubiquitous mantra from Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life , the classic guide that can be found on basically every writer's bookshelf.
The book, for the uninitiated, deftly and honestly explores the mental challenges of being a writer, and Lamott's advice is, simply put, invaluable: she implores writers to give themselves short assignments; she asks that people forgive themselves for "shitty first drafts.
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It's the piece of advice to which the book owes its title, and it originates in a moment in Lamott's childhood. She writes:. Lamott uses this anecdote as a guiding principle for her writing practice, and she thinks about this story when she needs to "get a grip. When I'm staring at a massive pile of urgent to-do items, I'll take a breath, literally say "bird by bird" out loud, and zero in on one piece of the puzzle.
Even if it's something as small as checking my email. But, it's not just on those days when my to-do list is killing me that I say "bird by bird" to myself. It's also in the big decisions.
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It's an obvious metaphor, but the future is not unlike a blank page — they are both open to too many possibilities to comprehend. It's why that classic job interview question "Where do you see yourself in five years? But when you break life into pieces, then it becomes more manageable. Do you see yourself living in a house in five years? Do you see yourself married? Do you see yourself working in the same industry?
It's difficult to have the whole picture figured out at once, but you can fill in pieces until it comes together. Bird by bird. I had grown up with an insatiable thirst for the city, but actually making the move had always seemed like a pipe dream.
After graduating from college, I was faced with that big, white sheet of paper: Where do I go? What do I do next? I decided to try New York City. So, I filled out countless applications for jobs in publishing, and, while waiting to hear back, spent my time waiting for an opportunity to move to New York City. Brand new Book. Seller Inventory AAS Never used!. Condition: NEW. Brand New, Perfect Condition, allow business days for standard shipping. To Alaska, Hawaii, U. No expedited shipping.
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