Practice vs. Homework

Some of you have asked or commented about making up a day's prompt that you missed. That means it's a good time for my short lecture on Practice vs. Homework. 

As you go through this program -- voluntarily, I might add -- please remember that this is designed to be a 40-day practice. A practice, as in a yoga practice. Or as in a meditation practice. Or practice as in, it doesn't have to be perfect. A practice as in the point of doing this is that you are doing it.

What it is not is homework. Homework you have to do, like it or not. If you miss an assignment you have to catch up. You get graded on homework. None of that applies here.

So if you miss a day, you miss a day. Don't beat yourself up, and don't feel like you can't go on to day 16 until you have completed day 15. I think of it like this: I missed my yoga class on Wednesday, so I'll go to one on Thursday, but I'm not going to go to two on Thursday, right?

Now, one caveat: What I have noticed from myself and from others is that if you miss one day, it's really no big deal. But if you miss two days in a row, momentum gets lost. Three days and it's harder to get back into the swing of things.

Some of you perhaps won't be satisfied if you don't do all 40 days. Enjoy. Do all the prompts. But as you know, the standings reflects days you have done some writing, not prompts completed. That is on purpose.

Thanks for sharing all your writing on the blog so far; I love reading these pieces and seeing how different they are and where they unexpectedly overlap.

robin rauzi