Saturday, April 30, 2011

Living for . . . Tomorrow

That's what I've been doing for months now. Putting things off to a future date when all my deadlines are passed and I'll have time. I've been working on a book for the past 6 months and it is finally finished and off to the publisher. I've been telling myself, "If I can just get by until May, then I'll have some free time." This is a familiar story for me.  I get crazy with deadlines and look forward to a future date when I have fewer commitments.  But the funny thing is, somehow that future date never comes. New commitments appear to fill in the "free" time.

How do I let myself get caught up in this cycle?  You might say that I should say "no" more often or give up some things.  Well I have been much better about doing that.  But I've realized that I am a workaholic.  I love what I do and I thrive on deadlines (for the most part!)  Yet I also believe in living in the present. And when I'm focused on "getting by", I'm not living in the present.   I suppose it's all about balance.  Finding a way to keep that sense of presence in my daily life while still working toward my commitments.  That is what I strive for, and it's clear that I will be walking this path for awhile longer.


  1. I understand what you're saying. What I've done is keep my work out and ready to spend even a half hour with. This results in lots of 'stuff'
    out and about on tables and in baskets. Sometimes having only a small block of time to work means
    I just sit and think about what could happen
    next, make notes and sketch a bit.

  2. Lisa, you describe the desire to keep a sense of presence in your daily life while still working on long-term goals. It sounds to me like you are doing a great job of recognizing when you start to ebb away from your center and course-correcting to realign yourself. And you finished the book, what an exciting announcement -- hope you are really letting that accomplishment sink in.

  3. Off topic...just wanted to show you what I did with your "instant mashed potatoes technique".Love the results.
    The pictures are at my blog.


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