Official Blog of Author Courtney Rice Gager (aka me). Written from my office (which just so happens to be a comfy chair in the corner of my kid's playroom). Mostly literary musings, with the occasional "guess how many cookies I had for breakfast" confession. Because we're all friends here.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Z is for Zeal: It's Not the Same as Commitment
It's Z day!
It's Z day, it's Z day...
It's Z DAY!
Ahem. Sorry for that.
It's Z day, a day which has me excited to wrap up this challenge and get back to my usual sparse blogging habits. Kidding. I've enjoyed blogging more frequently, and I hope to kick things up to a moderate pace from here on out.
One of the most important things I've gleaned from the A to Z challenge is the understanding that while you generally need zeal to spark a commitment, you don't need zeal to keep a commitment.
There were days during the challenge (cough - I day - cough - V day) when I felt like doing anything but following through to the end. The commitment to do so kept me moving forward, and that same commitment brought me a fresh sense of unexpected zeal at times. Like the day I woke up wondering, "What on earth am I going to write for W?" only to look at my sweet daughter and be flooded with words I couldn't wait to get out there. Commitment kept me focused, and resulted in gifts of renewed zeal when I needed it most.
I expect this relationship between zeal and commitment can be applied to any commitment we take on in this life. If you're feeling a lack of zeal today, it's not necessarily because something is broken. It's because commitment takes work.
Just a little encouragement from me today to stay steadfast in your commitments. Zeal will ebb and flow; commitment will move you forward.