Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A Blog About Nothing

   My father used to have an expression that stuck with us kids. We'd giggle behind our hands because Daddy was being naughty. He'd say "I'm running around like a blue-ass fly," with that charming Angle grin. All of my uncles had that grin, come to think of it.
   Can't say I ever saw that blue-ass fly. Oh, wait...of course I didn't; it was too busy.
   More and more I'm feeling like that fly. There just isn't enough time to do everything that needs doing. I try to carve out four or five hours every day for writing, but 'must-do' writing-related chores pop up with such infuriating regularity, it's a miracle if I manage to write three days in a row. And that's a pity, because I'm happiest when I'm writing. Being connected, and taking care of business are unavoidable, but for me writing is what it's about. It's my joy.
   Last night (after knocking off 2000+ words),  I saw a blog by Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn. We women have heard this message many times before: Take Time For Yourself. Jeff's advice isn't quite that simple, but it stuck with me overnight, and this morning I went back and read it again. It's worth a read, and as a bonus, it isn't too long!  Read Jeff's post here. It's about nothing.  


Beate Boeker said...

Gosh, Mona, yes, I can relate to that! It's never easy to manage everything, but it's so important to relax in between. I sometimes just flop down on my sofa and stare at the ceiling to calm down. :-)

Sandy Cody said...

Love the image of the woman juggling, Mona. That's how I feel much of the time. I also liked the line in Jeff's piece that the buffer (unscheduled time) is his most important productivity tool. You said exactly what I needed to hear today. Thanks.

Sheila Claydon said...

Loved your blog and Jeff Weiner's post too. I identify with both of them, that's why I've just signed up for a meditation course. I'm hoping it will stop my mind from flitting around like that fly of your father's!

Sydell Voeller said...

Mona, I can relate to that totally. Good reminder to take time for ourselves.