Life Motto: “Sometimes you’re doing good work…”

Life Motto: “Sometimes you’re doing good work…”featured

I can’t remember when I read On Writing. High school, maybe? Early college? I don’t remember much of the details King talked about anymore (I should probably re-read it at some point…), but I still remember this quote.

"Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it, and sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position." -Stephen King

I repeat it to myself a lot. It’s a reminder to look at the big picture more than anything. Someone told me once that to sail against the wind, a ship would tack back and forth, making this crazy zigzag pattern. For much of the journey, the ship was most definitely not headed in the direction of the destination. And if it was on a Google Map, and you were zoomed way in, you’d be like “what the hell, you’re going to wrong way. Why do you keep turning back and forth? What a waste of time.” When obviously, going straight forward wasn’t an option.

But when you zoom out, eventually, the line starts to look…pretty straight.

(Sometimes you have to zoom wayyyyy out.)


  • ohhh I love this! such a wordsmith that one. but in all seriousness, sometimes It is important to take a step back, even if it’s more like a giant leap back to see that bigger picture!

    • SERIOUSLY. Especially when it feels like your days are just repetitive/menial tasks. You have to remember they’re all adding up to something BIG.