Today I will set a timer on my phone for 30 minutes. I will turn the phone over so I can’t see notifications of text messages or news stories or calls. I will turn off the wifi on my computer. I will open Microsoft Word.
During those 30 minutes, I will ignore the little vial on my desk in which I am supposed to put a stool sample from our cat.
I will ignore the pile of folded laundry that has not been distributed to various rooms around the house.
I will ignore the voice inside my head that wonders whether anyone will benefit from these words.
I will repeat this process at least 4 times. And I will repeat it again tomorrow.
And, word by word—or, as Anne Lamott says, bird by bird—I will write the final pages of To Be Made Well.
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