The Corona Diaries, Vol.6: Be a verb

May 12, 2020

Over Mother’s Day weekend, I came across a quote from Dorothy Canfield Fisher, an educational reformer who brought the Montessori method of child-rearing and education to the U.S. She said, “Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.”

Boy, was she right. My mom was a mother with a capital M. To this day, she isn’t one to sit and think about something. She’s an action verb, just like my dad. They were both dreamers and thinkers, to be sure. But they were definitely biased toward action. It was a habit that served them well their whole lives. When something wasn’t working, they dropped it and tried something else. But when something worked, they knew it and stuck with it.

What a great way to be. Thomas Jefferson said (although there is debate about this), “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”

Whether he uttered the words or someone else, the sentiment is perfect: Take action and build smart systems and habits into your life.

In short, be an action verb. Today, tomorrow and always.

Onward and upward.