Continuing with the April “fool” quotes, here’s one for you. Or more likely, for me. (sigh)
The fool wanders, a wise man travels.
- Thomas Fuller
What this quote says to me is, always have a plan for what you’re going to do. You can keep a to-do list in an online document or fill in the calendar on your phone. You can write your plan on a simple sheet of paper you post to the refrigerator door or carry in your pocket. But always have a to-list of some sort to keep you on-track.
What that quote is also saying to me is, having that plan is not enough. You’ve got to stick to the plan.
I didn’t this week, and what a bad time I had!
Granted, a nasty ol’ stomach bug hit my house midweek and kicked me off-track… But truthfully, I’d let a few things slide, figuring I would get to them in a couple of days. If I had followed my plan and crossed things off instead of putting them off, my week wouldn’t have ended so badly.
What do you think? Do things go more smoothly for you when you have a plan? How do you keep track of all you have to do?
Continuing the April Fool’s theme for Wednesday Wisdom:
“The wise does at once what the fool does at last.”
- Baltasar Gracian
When we postpone things to the last minute, we’re setting ourselves up for a double whammy. Often, there’s the risk of doing an inferior job. Worse, there’s the added stress of worrying until that job is done.
How many times have I done this? Too many to count.
How many times have you done the same? Come on, ‘fess up!
Maybe we should develop a few strategies to keep us from putting things off?
The conference I attended this weekend was a blast, and it was such fun catching up with friends and meeting new readers.
Another benefit was the chance to ”fill my writing well.” There are so many ways to do that, but a couple of my favorites are talking with other writers and stretching my brain with new concepts shared in workshops.
If we’re not learning and changing and growing, we become sticks-in-the-mud (as my grandma would say)—and that can apply to anything we do, including writing, cooking, driving to work, and knitting sweaters for the kids.
What do you do when you feel stuck and want to make some changes?
As we’re now in April, this seems a good time to focus on quotes regarding fools—and there are a lot of them out there.
Quotes, that is.
And maybe fools, too.
“Any man is liable to err, only a fool persists in error.”
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
This reminds me of the old saying about the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Yes, I’m guilty of that one, usually when trying to lay my hands on something in the house. Being a writer, I find that “something” usually involves a piece…or a scrap…of paper. And because I think I remember the size or the shape or the color of the paper, I’ll sometimes overlook that “something”—even when it’s right in front of my nose.
Does that ever happen to you?
I hope you’ll say yes, so I don’t feel like the only fool out here on this day after April Fool’s!