Decades ago, Anne Lamott’s ten-year-old brother was cramming to write a report on birds. He had wasted three months, and it was due the next day.
Anne and her family were in their family cabin in Bolinas. Her brother was at the kitchen table surrounded by unopened books on birds. Yet, he sat there immobilized and overwhelmed by what he had to do.
Anne’s brother was already close to tears when their father sat beside him. With arms around his son’s shoulder, the father said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.”
Simple words of wisdom, but that became the iconic passage of this book and the title of this modern classic.
12 Truths I Learned from Life and Writing
Anne Lamott, TED Talks