WASTING TIME? NU-NO!

It’s one of those lovely mornings when you awake at 1 a.m. to the crickets chirping away. And, you can’t go back to sleep. Never mind you have a busy day ahead, never mind you have a meeting, just never mind.

I’m not sure what I have been doing, but I just glanced at the over sized clock on the wall and it’s 4:30 a.m. How can that be? I just got up! What have I been doing for those few hours?  How have I wasted so much time?

Keeping a running register in my head, I quickly surmised that I had emptied my mailbox. Plus,  I perused Pinterest for cool motivational pics. I looked up and swoosh!

Even when you feel you’ve wasted time, I believe readjusting your mindset is important.

But now it’s time to work.

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Uh oh.

Let’s get going.

And how do we do that? How do we get going?

In the early days I would put 5×7 cards throughout the house at every turn to remind myself to write. “Write 1000 words.” Do whatever it takes to get to writing.

Every morning now my iPhone alerts me to “write 1000 words.” And everyday I am still surprised by it. The interesting thing is the way I respond to it. I answer it. Usually with “i already did it!.”

I have to confess I still have one 5 x 7 card on a wall upstairs. It’s to remind me what my overall goal of the day is.

It simply says, “WRITE.”

Recently I found the words below. Check it out. I mean, really check it out. It encompasses goals for living. Image

Whether you’re a writer or not, remember the important stuff like …  living in the moment and tune up your overall life, not just the one you think that drives you.

“Time is a created thing.”

“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time’ is to say ‘I don’t want to.’” – Lao Tzu

I do understand what this means, yet it’s got to be wrong. There’s nothing I’d rather do than blog – yet, last week, seven days went by and I looked up and realized I’d put it off for a harried schedule every day. And now it’s a week since I sat down and put to paper all of my current thoughts because of time constraints. Family and things happen. It’s life.

Or, was it a poor job of managing?

Or could it be I I took time to daydream a bit?

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(Thanks Pinterest)

Downtime maybe. But I didn’t mean to take downtime. Can your body take downtime when you are not looking?

I think maybe that happened.

For over five years I’d been writing every morning. When I sent the latest book off to a professional editor, I felt myself kickback. I didn’t mean to. It just happened. I played with grandchildren, I had sleepovers. I cleaned my basement. That unintentional kicking back bled over into the other areas of my life giving me a sense of freedom. It felt good. Changing my pace, changing my momentary focus.

You can’t let life stand in the way of living.

SURPRISE AT SIX

Grand children watched early morning television as I was scrambling eggs. Gulping down the breakfast, I opened the sliding glass doors, turned off the air conditioning and the television and threw out a thought.

“Did you know the birds talk to each other every morning?”

They looked at me with wide eyes.

We stepped out onto the patio and quietly sat down on a large pillow in a glider. “Can you hear them?”

Mesmerized, they listened intently.  I was absolutely amazed to see the two year old sit still. And the listening seemed magical to the six year old.

Then next door I saw movement under their deck. It took my breath away. “Look there’s a bunny!”

The little one made a movement, but I held him and whispered in his ear.

“He’ll run away if you go over there. Shhhh.”

It was unfortunate that I was telling the truth and the baby sensed it. Good thing too because suddenly there was a smaller bunny. And then another. And another. And another.

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Before we knew it, there were five or six baby bunnies hopping all over the place in the shadows near their Mommy. What absolute joy and delight for my two grandchildren. I exhaled and treasured this moment, this sense of appreciation it gave to me.

I felt a lifetime of love bundled in this moment, seeing this brief but personal piece of nature so close, so sweet, so lovely.

So much joy and it wasn’t even six in the morning yet. Who knew what lay ahead the rest of the day?

(Thanks Google for adorable pic.)