The Next Right Thing

Over Father’s Day weekend, I was drawn to — and read all of — Erin Lee Carr’s memoir, which was also a story about her father, David Carr. Here’s a quotation about journalism from one of David Carr’s speeches. It applies to so much:

Journalism is like housekeeping. It’s a series of small, discrete acts performed over and over. It’s really the little things that make it better. So don’t think about the broad sweep of your journalism. Just do a good job on what’s in front of you. Working on your next grand plan is like shoveling snow that hasn’t fallen yet. Just do the next right thing.

[Source: All that You Leave Behind: A Memoir by Erin Lee Carr]

And David Carr aside, oh what a book… It really floored me and I would say immediately made me a better parent. I’m still not sure exactly why, but I’m going to keep thinking about it.

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