If you’ve ever taken the Tube in London, you’ve seen the signs posted all over that say, jauntily, “Mind the Gap.” They refer to the distance between the station platform and the train itself.
But these days, I’ve been thinking about a different kind of gap: the one between what we tell ourselves we want, and what we’re actually doing—or, more pointedly, not doing—to make it happen.
Maybe you want to get in shape. Maybe you want a better job. Maybe you want a big-screen TV, or to learn HTML, or to find a significant other who knows all the lyrics to obscure mid-century jazz tunes.