Monday, September 9, 2013

DICHOTO ME

Hmm?
Last week I chided myself twice…
One—for not being passionate enough…
About writing.
Two—bashing myself…
For not taking my Spanish lessons seriously.
And now let me add another element…
To this dichotic mix…
Editing.
Several months ago…
A publisher invited me to send her a manuscript.
And then…
A huge life altering incident occurred…
And my editing mind went bye-bye.
But this weekend…
I dusted off that manuscript…
And spent hours editing.
Oh, dear God that felt good!
My point in this post?
Balance.
Reestablishing balance in my life...
Finding time for everything I love to do.
I mean, c’mon…
I don’t have a kid in diapers…
I don’t work a nine to fiver…
I don’t have to take anyone to soccer or ballet…
I don’t have anyone to cook for anymore…
**tears here**
Me?
I can sustain…
On yogurt, fruit, granola, and carrot juice…
OK…
Occasionally I need a good thick, juicy steak…
But cooking aside…
A good portion of the hours of my day are mine…
So I think it’s time to redefine my time…
Because ‘life’…
Without my permission…
Redefined my life…
And now I’m taking control…
At least for what I can control.
So?
How good are you at controlling your time?


Always, Em-Musing

6 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad you got back into editing, Leigh. Sounds like the experience has been good for you.

Barbara Watson said...

I, too, am stepping back into a more scheduled use of my time. For me it's simply writing again. I'm glad you're also back in the game. Sometimes controlling my time is hard--because what's an important use of my time is hard to figure out. For instance, watching football with my husband may seem like a waste of time, time better used writing. But, spending time with my husband is important.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Take control, Leigh.

Those of us without kids have a definite advantage. I don't know how people juggle both.

Adam said...

I don't know anyone who works 9-5 M-F. Hard to find a place that will give you the paid lunch break.

Peaches Ledwidge said...

I'm playing the the "balance" word. I hope the publisher accepts the manuscript.

Misha Gericke said...

It's a balance thing. I try to make time for everything I need to do.

Even if it's not a lot of time, it's better than nothing, and I still get stuff done.