Journal

Introduction

Admittedly, some of the topics addressed in these essays are unremarkable or even banal. But much of life is nothing less and, ultimately, I feel that even the most mundane elements of life deserve attention.

This may seem counterintuitive, but the motivation here is a belief that by focusing on the little things, I may be able to avoid letting them get in the way. Another way to think about it might be the belief that executing our requisite duties efficiently, we can increase the energy and attention given to life’s more compelling pursuits.

I do, of course, spend time focusing on life’s foremost issues (goals, dreams, etc.) in these short writings but I’ve chosen to think that these are greatly benefited by examining the tasks we tend to perform absentmindedly. In other words, the minor goals I set for myself facilitate the achievement of the major ones.

Besides increased time and energy, refining mundane tasks can be an important tool in learning to set standards when it comes to larger ambitions. Thus, I do make an effort to explore these small endeavors in detail (except when I’m being purposefully vague). Perhaps too much detail…

The writing on this site is an effort toward self-examination and reflection. I am simply making a record of my regular habits and behaviors. If someone else finds benefit from it that would be pleasing but it’s not necessarily the aim.

It should also be noted that many of the routine tasks I describe are purportedly performed on a daily or weekly basis. The reader should be aware that the habits I describe are sometimes still in-process. And even when they have been successfully ingrained, I can fall short and/ or fail.

photo: Tim Mossholder

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Justin Meckes is a writer and filmmaker living in Chapel Hill, NC. His short stories have been published in various online journals and magazines. He has ghostwritten novels and is the author of several children's books. You can learn more about him at justinmeckes.com or by sending an email to contact@justinmeckes.com.