In Anne Lamott’s book “Bird by Bird,” her father wisely suggests to her brother, who is sitting at the table weeping, surrounded by bird books, to take it bird by bird. In other words, whittle it down to something manageable rather than allowing yourself to be overwhelmed by the entire project.

Lamott’s book is not about birds, but rather about writing and some of the wisest ways to undertake that endeavor. So it is with many things in life. Concentrate on the smallest of steps, especially wen you most need to; eventually you’ll get where you’re going.

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