Index4INDEX Card 217: Octavia Butler 2

Habit will sustain you whether you're inspired or not.

-- Octavia Butler

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About the Quote

We all want to be inspired when there is something we need to get done. The problem with this is that inspiration is fleeting. Some days we don't feel like getting out of bed, never mind doing something which must be done whether we feel the spirit moes us or not.

This is why habits are important: They let us do things when inspiration is lacking. Habits need to be formed, and the forming of habits takes time (usually 21 consecutive days). Once habits are formed, then we do things automatically (if not on autopilot).

In many ways, inspiration is like height: you don't teach that, and either you have it or you don't. Not everyone is blessed with above-average height for sports such as basketball, or even below-average height for a sport such as horse racing. However, we're all blessed with the ability to develop, cultivate, and instill required habits which will carry into whatever activities which involve us.

Some (More) Information about Octavia Butler

At some point during the period of 1976 through 1984, when Octavia Butler was writing the 5-volume Patternist series of novels, she had also written a separate book titled Kindred. This 1979 novel featured a black woman from the present who was sent back in time to pre-Civil War United States. This woman was made into a slave, but she manages to rescue her ancestor: a white slave owner.

Among her later novels is the Xenogenesis trilogy--

Dawn: Xenogenesis1987
Adulthood Rites1988

-- and these stand-alone novels:

The Parable of the Sower1993
The Parable of the Talents1998

During this period, in 1995, her collection titled Bloodchild and other Stories was published.

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