Operation Achieve Anything: Day Three-Hundred-Thirty-Four, Dateline 11-30-2018

Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.
— Thomas Merton

Good morning crickets. Welcome to day number three-hundred-thirty-four of Operation Achieve Anything. Yesterday ended up being just the day that I needed at just the right time. Over the past week, I’ve been working through issues with my productivity levels following my mini-Thanksgiving break. Even though I took enough time off to feel a little refreshed, I still felt a bit burnt out because that time off was devoted to a seventeen year ongoing Thanksgiving tradition that came with a checklist of things to do. The other day off went to recovery from all of the booze and legal marijuana that was involved.

The initial plan was to come out of Thanksgiving well refreshed and ready to hit the ground running in an effort to finish the year off strong. The only problem was that I went so hard during my two-day break that it took me until Monday to fully recover, but I was still not feeling refreshed. It was then that I came up with the strategy to work at a medium pace to finish off the month and then bust my ass all the way through December.

Monday through Wednesday, I did as much as I could and then took the rest of the day to relax and completely shut off from my work. The most significant thing that I took away from my vice fueled vacation was that I now feel able to get myself out of work mode and just enjoy TV or whatever recreational activity that I get into. Throughout the first half of my day with the movie Duets, my mind kept wandering off to focus on how I would share what was happening over really experiencing what was going on. I had to keep telling myself things like, “No, you don’t have to take any note,” or “Just let whatever happen and share whatever sticks while just enjoying what might be left behind.”

I got so annoyed with my constant need to force a storyline into an instance that was just meant for me to enjoy. Ever since then, I’ve been able to flip the switch to get out of work mode when I feel like I’ve reached the end of my day, instead of continually thinking of my next move, or what I should actually be doing right now. I’ve felt more refreshed over the past three days thanks to the line of thinking than I have after taking time off using banked reviews that allow me to stick to my one SNL review a day average.

Last night, would have been night four of going easy, but it turned out, I had grown bored enough of killing time while relaxing, so, when I finished with my daily obligations, I casually started to get back to cleaning up some of the older content on this site. It was at this point that I knew that I had finally gotten enough rest because I wasn’t working to calm my anxieties over whether or not I’m living a justified existence. This bout of productivity time was purely driven by the love of what I’m trying to accomplish with this site and my life.

This kind of plays into yesterday’s assignment where I was supposed to practice blending generosity with pride and start to practice taking less than I need while giving more than I can, or at least share how I already implement this into my life. I think the fact that I put all of this time and effort into putting all this content out to the world for absolutely nothing in exchange is an example of how I try to follow this advice in a way. Sure, I’m doing this in hopes to someday support myself with this as my craft, but even then, I’m realistic in what I expect in exchange.

This isn’t a case where I feel like I’m gambling by putting all of this hard work with the hopes of becoming a billionaire some day. I want nothing more than to be able to share my words with enough of a fan base to be able to afford a studio apartment in some cozy small town with no hustle or bustle, with enough extra money to pay for the bills and my food. I would write twelve hours a day just to afford this humble existence if I had to. I just want to get out all of the ideas that are in my head. Oh yeah, it would also be nice to earn enough extra money to also hire a full-time editor/writing coach to push me and help me in the areas where I’m just a little off. I don’t know if I’m crazy, but I don’t think this sounds like too much to ask.

With that, it’s now that time for me to dig into today’s assignment where I’m now supposed to compare and contrast my what I think of pride versus humility. As always, you’ll have to wait for tomorrow’s update to read what I’ve got to say about the subject. Until then, it’s that time for me to sign off as usual and say, good day and good luck to you and all of your projects.

Talk to you soon.


The Wicker Breaker

P.S. Below are links to my novel, which I plan to promote as part of Operation Achieve Anything, as well as a link to where you can buy the book that is providing the structure to this project in case you would like to purchase it in order to play along.

Matt Bunker

I started out with a goal of becoming a paid screenwriter. I had no interest in any other aspect of filmmaking. I received and scholarship to The Vancouver Film School's Writing for Film and Television program where I graduated in 2005. I fell in love with being on set during my first non-school produced short, . I loved being around all the creative people, seeing people having fun while working. The whole liking your job was a new world to me, so I decided to give it a shot. I volunteered for any project I could, doing what ever was needed. The set was my Film School this time. While working as a PA on a feature I was informed that the DP wanted the three tallest PAs to help out in the grip and electric department. That is when I found the department that felt like the best fit for me while I continued to write.