Due Diligence


noun: careful and persistent work or effort

Carefully and persistently proclaiming all the opportunity and excitement that Fifty Days of Summer could promise, perfectly foreshadowed the demise of my internet crashing. Ever hear the adage “I told God my plans and he laughed”? Well, I told the universe I was going to use my summer wisely and write, and the internet took a digger. I suppose it was not AT&T’s fault that there was a fire fifty miles off that burned a tower that led to no internet. But WHY? Why, I ask you???

Is the lesson here patience or persistence? Perhaps it’s both. It’s diligence. Due diligence. Which simply means reasonable effort of careful and persistent work. I haven’t been able to write everyday. But now that summer is half over, I can say that I have been diligent about other things on my list, like enjoying a cup of coffee, reading, getting a pedicure. I have completed three projects and begun the work of outlining my book while getting some much needed rest. I would call that reasonable effort.

And just like that the internet is back. Really it was only down for a few days. It just felt like weeks. Which made we wonder, “What did we ever do without it?” I, for one, spent my childhood drinking out of a garden hose on hot summer days whilst playing in the gutter with sticks and leaves my brother and I built into miniature rafts. We would race them until they fell apart. Then we would eat cut up oranges with juice running down our dirty arms making us sticky, too. Aww the good ole days before technology and the world wide web.

Reasonable effort of careful and persistent work. Like that’s easy. But I’m on it! Remembering, thinking, analyzing, writing, re-writing, wondering if it’s good, ok…is it good enough? Forward motion! Call it due diligence I’m working on, and I kind of like that about myself.

“Creativity itself doesn’t care at all about results – the only thing it craves is the process. Learn to love the process and let whatever happens next happen, without fussing too much about it. Work like a monk, or a mule, or some other representative metaphor for diligence. Love the work.”

Elizabeth Gilbert

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