The Conditions Are Always Impossible

My friend Laura Gail Grohe posted this quote by Doris Lessing on my Facebook wall and I latched on to both the words and the image with an enthusiasm that even Elmo from Sesame Street would say wooooaaaah, calm down, you’re giving me a headache.

The conditions are ALWAYS impossible! #aptAF

The laundry always needs to be done, there is always something wrong with some electronic thing, something aches, I’m a pile of nerves, I can’t find something, I’m sick or the baby is sick or the dog is sick or my husband is sick and oh now it’s time to make dinner.

The conditions are always impossible. The news is Horrible. A guy that survived the Las Vegas shooting got shot in the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting, and now there are survivors of the Las Vegas Shooting annnnnd the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting. How are THOSE survivors going to live their lives? How do you survive two shootings and then walk around this earth?

The conditions are always impossible. You’re not loved enough or you’re loved by the wrong person or the person you love is impossible or you’re impossible and great now the baby is crying.

The conditions are ALWAYS impossible.

That’s why you do it now, friends.

You write the book.

You write the poem.

You start the company.

You kiss your sweetheart.

You do the thing that is meant to get done. The thing you want to do. The thing that counts.

It reminds me of an Ani DiFranco line I loved in high school (so here are pics from high school):


“You are what you do

in order to prevent becoming what you’re busy not doing

and if you do do it truly

you arrive at it duly and in the end you are resolved,

and the problem of Heaven is solved.”


Or as Gilda Radner would say, “It’s always something.”

Right. It’s always something and it’s always impossible.


Do. It. Now.





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