Stay Close

by Tom Swift

A project gets harder the longer you put it off. If you do not have the energy to tackle it just now, worry not. Then pick it up anyway.

Take a look at it, even if for a moment. “Stay close to it,” a writing friend once advised. She was talking about what to do when you needed a break from an essay that wasn’t yet complete. When we stay close to something we come to know it. What we know something we hold in positive regard. We are drawn to what we like.

It’s the boogie man in the closet that we fear. Why in scary movies is the tormenter’s face the last thing we see (usually right before his demise)? Because once you see a fear up close it suddenly ceases to be one.