Poem: Do

Zen stone garden





It matters less what you do,
than you do.

It matters less what you do
than you consistently do.

The enemy is inaction.
Surrendering to rumination.
to the lie that you can’t

or that you are not good enough,
smart enough,
whatever enough.

to become what you wish to be.
All that stuff is a lie.
Do the work, day after day,
a thing not romantic,

but effective,
and worry less about results
than progress,
than trajectory,

Most fo the things you worry about
are superfluous.
Most will never happen.
And the few that do,
you can handle.

So do. Action, they say, trumps anxiety.
And it is true
Most of us do not fail in our doing.
we fail in our refusal to cease fretting
and simply set about the work.

It is simpler than you think.
That is the truth.
Others have blazed the trail.
It’s all there in plain sight
waiting for you to begin
and stay with it.




Your dreams await you,

About this poem

This started out as an essay for my work blog, but it turned into a poem. Not my normal faire here, but who knows, someone might resonate with it.




  1. So many people don’t realize that this
    is how some of the greatest things are
    accomplished. Not by luck , or serendipity,
    or being the favored one.
    An important poem.

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