Do. Doing. Done.

Do. Doing. Done.  Let me expound.


What does s/he do?  Not what they say they’re going to do.  Not what you assume they’ll do.  Not what you want them to do.  Not what you think they’re capable of doing.  Not what they say they’ll do. Not, especially what you think they should do. Pay attention to what they do.


What are you/they doing?  The daily actions.  Steps.  Progress.  Effort.  Movement. Accomplishments.


“What have you done for me lately?”  Janet Jackson sang.* I might add – what might you done ever?  What have I done?  Looking back when… looking around now…what?


Did what you did matter?  Will what you’re doing matter? To anyone?  To yourself?


Cut the crap (yourself).  Notice the crap (of others).  If it looks like do-do and it feels like do-do then it is…do-do.


“There’re no do-overs,” Laura Bush said. Mr. Bush (President George W. Bush) concurred: “There’s no do-overs.”

(from an interview with Jim Axelrod on Sunday Morning (CBS), reflecting on his presidency and promoting his memoir, Decision Points.)

Do It

That’s what I really want to go out and tell this audience – about how you have to make the time to do what you want to do.  Not the thing you could do or the thing you should do or the thing you have always done, but the thing you want to do – the thing that burns in your blood and won’t let you rest. (from short story, How I Got Here by Candelaria Silva)

(***“What Have You Done For Me Lately” is track #4 on the album Design Of A Decade 1986/1996. It was written by Lewis, Terry / Harris Iii, James Samuel.)


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About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

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