For those of you struggling to “find the time” to write for the workshop (or anything else), words of wisdom from Anne Lamott.
They look at me bitterly now—they don’t think I understand. But I do—I know how addictive busyness and mania are. But I ask them whether, if their children grow up to become adults who spend this one precious life in a spin of multitasking, stress, and achievement, and then work out four times a week, will they be pleased that their kids also pursued this kind of whirlwind life?
Right on, Anne. Busy is our choice. It is not forced upon us by others. No matter how many times we cry “work! Children! Family!”, in the end, we are the ones who choose where to spend our energies. You can be productive without being busy, but YOU have to choose.
You, and you alone.
Today I got up at 5am, wrote, read blogs, chatted to Cassie, tweeted, fed the family, read to my son, went out, came back, did the washing, cleaned the kitchen, weeded and put the small man to bed.
Now I have at least two hours to myself, and I’m going to spend every second on my story. Sure, the floors need mopping and there’s dust on the blinds. But in a year, will I care? Hell no.
So, what are you going to do today? And how much of that is really important to you? Not to your friends or your family or the world in general. To YOU.