OK, I Have Four Choices

OK, I have not been posting on Tuesdays and Fridays for the past two weeks. Excuse: I was on vacation in New Hampshire with family I only get to see once a year. Pretty good excuse wouldn’t you say! How about: Most of that time I did not have wifi; couldn’t get on the internet. Well, actually that is not wholly true. Carl went to Wal-Mart and got a wifi adapter for my sister’s computer which made it possible for me to be on the internet with my computer.

However, there were times that neither Carl nor I was able to connect on the computer or our cell phones. It amazes me that in this day and age, we still have places in this country we cannot get access to the internet.

For me to get my writing career off the ground, I have to write everyday. I didn’t do that either. I just blow the past two weeks off and had family fun. I got to spend time with both my sisters (together and one-on-one). We celebrated my Mother’s 87 birthday all together which we have not done in many, many years. We ate out a lot, laughed a lot, told a lot of stories, listened to problems, and just enjoyed each other. That is what I call vacation — oh ya, I forgot: Carl and I drove over 4000 miles around trip, in a car, with air-conditioner on some of the time, and heat on the rest of the time. I napped and read a lot. (Of course, what else do you do on a long road trip?) All in all, we had a wonderful, refreshing time.

BUT, now it is time to reevaluate my commitment to writing. I have four choices: 1) I can start all over. 2) I can continue to procrastinate waiting for a time when I feel like writing. 3) I can pick up where I left off. 4) OR I can quit.

First of all, quitting is not my style. Even when things look impossible, I still continue in the blind hope that success is around the corner. Keep putting one foot in front of the other until you reach the other side. So, quitting — out! That leaves me with starting over, procrastinating, and picking up where I left off.

I have already spend months practicing and posting and writing to start all over again. I liked where I found myself before vacation. I felt that I had made some good strides in the storytelling business. So I don’t want to start over. Starting over — out!

Procrastination is always a problem for me. I love to put off until tomorrow what I could do today. I love spending an extra half hour reading when I should be writing or doing dishes or folding laundry. Many times those half hours turn into hours and nothing gets done. I may have to go to a weekly support group to rid procrastination out of my life: Not Happening!! It’s so much fun curling up with a good book while other things are left undone. There’s always tomorrow — right!! Procrastination — out – well, most of the time.

I guess that leaves me with picking up where I left off. This is the choice I pick — do my Friday blog, get the laundry and dishes done, and find time at the end of the day to read.

So, here’s to my picking up and moving on. Friday’s blog is now finished, and I am ready to move onto the next thing. Have a great weekend and see you next Tuesday!

Today, do something that challenges you, Linda

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3 thoughts on “OK, I Have Four Choices

  1. We may be twins on procrastination! I’ve been practicing and mastering that all too much this past week! Yuck. Everything is still waiting for me – nothing seems to be inclined to move without my energy. Sigh – love you – enjoy your weekend as well!!!!

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  2. One of the great joys of life (and sadly, sometimes great burdens) is that every new day, each of us picks up where we left off. And we get to make new or renew our choices every day. Everyone deserves a vacation – you guys have had a busy year in even more ways than I will ever know, more than retiring from our church, more than remodeling/rebuilding a house. Have you watched the movie “Throw Momma From the Train”? I highly recommend you watch it if you haven’t, or watch it again to get new perspective on writing. The movie is first about a guy who teaches a night course in writing, and it’s hilarious! But I think the underlying message might be just what you would enjoy hearing right now, where you are in your writing. I LOVE this movie.

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  3. Oh I wish I read this sooner!! You were in my neck of the woods…. I wish I knew it!! We’ll have to catch up with you guys when you’e up again! 🙂 So glad you were able to enjoy seeing your family! I totally agree… books are so easy to get lost in especially when dishes are on the counter! I’m glad you are having fun with your blog!! Keep up the awesome job you’re doing with it! Hugs, Melanie

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