How does one eat an elephant? Bite by bite. How does one climb a mountain? Step by step.

Not that I’m hungry for an exotic (and probably illegal) form of meat or planning to scale Everest in the future. These are just simple ways to remind myself to keep putting one foot in front of the other. It’s how I’m facing life right about now.

One day at a time. Step by step. Bite by bite.

When tackling any enormous task, like, say, parenting teenagers or writing a book, I’m learning not to look too long at the big picture. Otherwise I find myself discouraged and tempted to give up before I’ve hardly started.

Instead, I’m trying to do at least one small thing toward the goal every day. Point out something my son did well. Edit one scene. Turn over a bit of responsibility. Write a blog. Pray for wisdom and patience with my daughter. Brainstorm an article.

It may not seem like much, but every bit adds up. The pace may be slow, but at least I’m moving in the right direction instead of standing still, staring at the task with debilitating fear.

And before you know it, I’ll be further along the path than I’d have ever imagined possible.

What about you? What elephants or mountains are you facing? What bites or steps are you taking?

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  • March 28, 2011 at 11:51 am
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    >I really needed to read this today, Candee. I'm in the middle of my rough draft and am feeling sort of lost. I need to remember to take it one scene at a time. Thanks, girl!

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