Monday, December 27, 2010

Busy, Busy, Busy....

I’m often amazed anymore at how the days fly by. Long ago, I can remember my grandmother saying “Ah, wait until you see how fast time goes by when you’re old..” Uh oh. Oh well.

I live in Pennsylvania, and we have an old saying from Amish roots, “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.” Also true. Uh oh. Oh well.

I am blessed to have a marvelous life, full of family, friends, home, meaningful work, American freedom and justice, and the opportunity to write the books of my heart. All good, and I’m extremely grateful for this. I am seeing though, that with the multitude of people, interests, and responsibilities, that some days can almost pass in a blur. I am very busy.

But not today, as I write this. I awoke to a deep blanket of snow, falling first in those sparkling snowflakes from the sky, and then blowing around in a fury with the icy cold wind. I am snowbound. Sooner or later, I’ll get dug out. Sooner or later, the pace of life will pick up again, and my happy merry-go-round will start spinning again. But not today.

The funny thing is, I had no idea how much I needed a day like this until it arrived. Seeing the snow first set off a “busy-panic”. How about my scheduled appointments? How about the meetings I had planned? How about the LONG list of errands? Uh oh. Oh well.

Cancelled and rescheduled, all of a sudden, I felt this rush of joy. I would never PLAN a day like this. I wonder why? Because it feels so good. Like a gift, to do with as I choose.

So what do I choose? I actually have time to sit and ENJOY the Christmas tree that sits across the room. I will try a new recipe. I have time to read. Roni’s Avalon book is the next on my TBR pile, waiting far too long for me to curl up and enjoy it. And then I can do…… nothing. A novel idea!

Even the idea of this is rejuvenating, nurturing to me. Later, when I’m “busy” again, I hope I don’t forget the concept.

What do you do when you get the gift of a day like this?


Sandy Cody said...

Well said, Christine! I identify completely with this message. I think that's why we all look forward to vacations - it's lovely to wake up in the morning to an unplanned day.

Thanks for the reminder.

Loretta C. Rogers said...

This is a great way of reminding us that we should take more time to stop and smell the roses.

Jane Myers Perrine said...

Please let us know if you're able to allow yourself to do this! I always mean to--then life starts up again.

Thanks for the fun post!

Christine Bush said...

And here comes a NEW day.. and back to the "busy" life. With a lot of gratitude for every minute of my "snow day" (even though we lost power for several hours, so I lived the evening by candlelight, and then got to write until the laptop battery gave out!) Sandy, Loretta, and Jane, thanks for your wonderful comments!