Wednesday, November 21, 2012


I sent my Sunday column off to the editor a few minutes ago and then glanced at my inbox. I flipped through a few papers and a magazine that I'd marked to read, and realized that for the first time in a while, I'm caught up.
I have no unmet deadlines zooming at me at the speed of apprehension. That means I can enjoy this coming weekend without worrying about things I should have done, or need to do.
It's a good feeling. I should make it a point to be in this place more often.
I've come to learn that you are where you are because of the decisions you make. Oh, I think I'll go fishing and finish this later. Or, I've got plenty of time to knock this out, later.
I'm really trying to refocus on habits. When I was jobbed, much of my day was preplanned. I knew when I needed to be at work. I knew that on Tuesdays and Thursdays I had this meeting, I knew that the week of Thanksgiving and Christmas, I'd be on call (we didn't have kids so I always volunteered for holidays). I knew a the end of the months, these reports were due, and at the first of the month, this had to be done.
But when I became unjobbed, the rules changed. No one would blister my ear if I didn't do something on the last day of the month, or no one was there to gently remind me that I needed to make something happen.
It's a different paradigm and one that I was ill prepared for. I've actually struggled at times being my own boss. I've loafed when I should have had been scooting and vise versa.
It seems like over the past several months, I've done a better job of prioritizing. I've learned how to say no, and when to say yes.
So, tonight I plan to pour me a glass of red wine, pop in a Christmas movie, and enjoy Thanksgiving eve.
I hope you all have a remarkable day and realize how blessed we all are.
From Jilda and I, Happy Thanksgiving.

1 comment:

  1. Happy Thanks giving to you and Jilda as well.
    Enjoy your wine, your turkey and a warm fireplace.


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