Diego Segura

Daily Reflections

I wrote these reflections daily from May to August of 2018. I’ve compiled these all into one book and edited them for clarity. You can find To a Man Much Like Myself (Oct. 2018) at muchlikemyself.com.

On deviation, writer's block, and commitment

On deviation If you are uncomfortable with deviation from your schedule, you will be uncomfortable with the natural deviations that happen in life which are not in your control. Remind yourself to desire not what you cannot control. Yes, you might respond and say that you can control your schedule and you wouldn’t be wrong. However, there’s no reason to let the rest of your day be disturbed when you don’t go to sleep or wake up at the exact same time. What are you called to do, no matter what time you wake up? Your job is to do good work—that goal transcends all schedules.

On writer’s block You’ve discovered that there is no such thing as writer’s block. You know that at any given moment, so long as your mind is functioning and you are alive, you can put thoughts down on a piece of paper almost endlessly. They may be repetitive as your thoughts are, but you can continue to think through them and develop your thoughts as you go. What, then, is the challenge you face now? It is not a matter of writing but a matter of thinking—specifically about your purpose. You’re having trouble on deciding what sort of change you want to make in someone’s life with your writing. Some of your writing, as it stands, serves no purpose. Are you here to inform? For what purpose does anyone inform another? Never should a piece stop at informing—it should lead to better action, more awareness, or contemplation on the part of another. Words influence action. Actions—the thoughts that become manifest in the real world—are the evidence of your effectiveness in writing. If you can help somebody be happier, you have incited them to action. If you can make them change a habit or try something new, you’ve incited action. Ask yourself, “what action do I want to inspire in the people reading this?” Use this as a guiding question and you will be sure to make more of an impact.

On commitment All decisions are commitments. Some are large, like moving to another city or switching jobs. Some are small, like deciding that you will wake up early tomorrow morning, or choosing an outfit. All decisions are commitments in one way or another. The significant implication of, for example, deciding to write, is that you must carry it to completion. You didn't decide to start writing, you decided to finish writing. At one point, you will feel satisfied with the writing you have done and put the page down. You don't decide to talk to someone, you decide to say goodbye by beginning the conversation in the first place. In living, you accept your death. You are deciding to die, and to do it well, you must first have lived. Commit, don't decide.

Diego Segura