Bird by Bird

I actually sat down to write a blog about a great summer squash casserole, but I think that I’ll put that off until tomorrow. A scrap of paper containing a quote that I jotted down yesterday is staring at me from my In Box, and calling out to be shared.

Audible periodically runs a sale on audio books for $4.95 each. I have a subscription where I get one book a month free (well, sort of) for my membership fee of $14.95/ month. The sale often has older books that are worth re-visiting, or books that you’ve heard of, but never got around to reading. A good way to add to one’s collection of audio books.

One of the sale books that made it to the Audible library on my iPhone was Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, Some Instructions on Writing and Life. I was actually familiar with the story behind the title, but it was a treat to hear it again.

Her brother was agonizing over a report on birds that was due the next day. The project had been assigned a couple of months before, but he had kept procrastinating until the task looked too overwhelming to accomplish in the time he had left. His father sat down next to him and calmly offered the following advice: “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.” Pretty good advice for any task that needs to be accomplished. No matter how impossible the undertaking might seem, taking it bird by bird just might be the answer.

And my current favorite quote from this book. The one that sent me scrambling for a pen to write it down.

“Don’t look at your feet to see if you’re doing it right. Just dance!”

Words to live by!


About Mary Jane

I am a retired English teacher. My husband, Frank, and I have lived on Cape Cod since 2000. I am a lifelong bread baker and writer and have been posting a blog on Falmouth Patch for the last few years. Savory Seasons has been largely devoted to recipes and food in general. I am hoping to expand my focus in this new blog.
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1 Response to Bird by Bird

  1. I often procrastinate on starting projects or writing tasks, but once I begin and take it “bird by bird” – it all flows together! Loved your analogy on this!

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