Running to Slow Down

Feb 27, 2007 by

Ever since I returned from Hawaii, I feel like I’ve been going a hundred miles an hour. My calendar is filled this week. I leave the house at 7:45 a.m. and return at 7:45 p.m. I have a list on the side of my keyboard with dozens of “to dos” that aren’t getting done.

What I’d like is some quiet time, uninterrupted, where I can think, read, and catch my breath. I feel like my life’s to dos are getting more and more numerous and the minutes are just ticking by. It’s making me a little cranky.

I know there is a huge shift going on for me, although I don’t know if I can actually put it in to words right now. My friend Shantel says that everytime she has been in a car accident, it has catapulted her to the next level. I’m feeling rather catapultish around the edges.

Tonight I teach my first week of piano classes after a six year hiatus. Let’s hope it’s like riding a bike, that my sea legs return quickly, or whatever other mixed metaphor I want to use. While observing a class yesterday I realized that I remember all the songs, all the technique, and today will most likely go well.

Maybe I’ll come home tonight and take a bath, have some herb tea, and just chill.  How’s that for a concept?

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  1. How nice of you to take time to post for us even though you are so busy.

    Hope it went well–but sure it did. You seem to me to be great at everything you do!

    (I’m feeling little green coming on for March. I am trying to change my background colors on my template–a bit unsuccessfully so far. I’ll keep at it though. The only way out is through!)

  2. “Great” is a bit of an understatement. How ’bout ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!

  3. April Fool’s Day marks the 3 year anniversary of my truck wreck where I totaled my paid off vehicle and had to start all over with monthly car payments again. :( I went vastly downhill after my accident though with waning Temple attendance and a bitterness I didn’t really have before. Sounds like you’re dealing with accident after effects well and keeping busy. Maybe it’s time to immerse myself in some WOO WOO magic.

  4. Regarding your “to-do” list: Don’t be disappointed because you can’t do everything. And don’t compete against everybody and everything. If you try too hard, you will surely lose the most important race of your own life-the race toward peaceful and joyful living. When you feel agitated about not completing all you have to do in a given day, ask yourself “Who will even know or care in a hundred years?” That’s one way to separate the things that really matter from those that don’t.
    By Eric Stephan, Ensign 1982
    (and yes, I do indeed have stress management on the brain right now….)

  5. You are gutsy to put up a frazzled post that starts out with, “Ever since I returned from Hawaii,”

    I’m crying for you. Really ;)

    (can I tell you how jealous I am that you got to go to Hawaii? Someday. Someday.)

  6. Elizabeth is so wise.

    Sarah is so funny!

    Best wishes to you!

  7. I only wish I were wise. Dalene, you’re the smart one who’s figured out that a truffle a day keeps the freak-outs away.
    Sarah is funny and that’s better than wise :)

  8. I know, I know, I have no reason to complain. But I like to tell the truth on my blog.

    Just so you all feel better, the karma caught up with me… as you will read in my post today.

    I know how blessing I am… my dad could have ended up in North Dakota. And that totally wouldn’t have been fun to blog about!

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