Friday, February 20, 2009

Never Wasted Time

Have you ever had one of those days where the things you REALLY wanted to accomplish just didn't?

This happened to me yesterday. I took the day off as I'd planned to get together with my critique partners for a writing retreat. We were all headed to the lake house again. However, this week just wasn't meant to be. I had a work conflict the popped up, then couldn't justify an overnight stay. When I finally arranged a one day visit, meaning Thursday off work to drive up there, we got canceled due to illness of a family member for my other critique partner. The whole retreat was postponed.

I kept the day off, in hopes of securing the loose ends of my contest entries. Well, I stayed busy. I vacuumed. I did dishes. I did laundry. I went to the grocery store, and the mall to buy a baby gift for a shower this weekend. My daughter and I spent a great afternoon eating greasy McDonald's french fries then hopped on the carousel for a ride in the spinning cup. I was nauseous the rest of the afternoon, but managed to even cook! Unfortunately, no writing happened.

Do you ever ask yourself why you decided to get started on something late in life?

I do.

All the time.

I didn't have my daughter until I was 30. That was eight years of married life without children. Don't ask me what I was doing with all my free time, because I couldn't tell you. I think I wasted an awful lot of it.

Currently, I waste a lot of time on Facebook. I waste a lot of time rereading what I've written in my book and not moving forward. I waste a lot of time in other areas of my life.

How do we get out of this rut? How do we make every minute of our days count?

I don't know.

I'm still trying to figure this out.

But I'll leave you with one quote that makes sense to me. It's a quote from Helen Keller, from The Story of My Life(1902)

"Everything has its wonders,
even darkness and silence,
and I learn,
whatever state I may be in,
therin to be content."


I try to add a tail to this advice by reminding myself to be content, because I have no idea what God has planned. His timing is perfect. And yesterday wasn't wasted.

15 comments:

  1. Christy, Christy, Christy . . . girl, you could not have started writing earlier because you didn't have the life experience you need to put into your stories. However, it does sound like I may have to lend you "Queen of Procrastination" crown. Now I know why you didn't call me yesterday. It's because you know I would have kicked your butt and made you feel guilty!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hey Christy, you're right, it's God's timing, not ours. We can plan all we want, but it's HIS course we'll end up walking...so don't fret.

    God's time table, not ours.

    But, YES, I've struggled with this as well. I'm going on 13 years of marriage NO KIDS! Yeah........where does my time go? No clue.

    But all I do and go through is for a reason, and it seeps into my writing here and there (wink wink).

    Have a great day today.

    ReplyDelete
  3. If we can just spend time with God in meditation and prayer, being quiet and open to this loving presence, a day is never wasted. Thanks for sharing this post!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Christy, it sounds like you had a very productive day to me, even though it wasn't a writing day! And quality time with your daugher is more important anyway.

    But I totally understand your frustration. Hang in there. I didn't have many good writing days until my kids were older. (or I wrote late at night). And it took me over ten years to publish. As you said, all in God's timing!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Christy, it sounds like you had a very productive day to me, even though it wasn't a writing day! And quality time with your daugher is more important anyway.

    But I totally understand your frustration. Hang in there. I didn't have many good writing days until my kids were older. (or I wrote late at night). And it took me over ten years to publish. As you said, all in God's timing!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Connie and Lynn, thanks for dropping by!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Christy, Merrillee Whren just shared this verse on the Craftie Ladies of Romance blog. And I thought of your post!

    Hebrews 12:2-3 says, "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."

    ReplyDelete
  8. Christy,
    I struggle with what you struggle with. But I have no children at home and the time still seems to go away and away...

    ReplyDelete
  9. Mindy,
    You're right, I had to have those life experiences first. and I keep thinking with everything going on in life now, that i need to begin putting much of my energy and woe into my writing!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Lynn,
    Thanks - I like that - God's time table, not ours. Very true. And it's with everything isn't it. His sweet timing.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Connie,
    I do find if I start the day out in prayer, I can handle things better - my perspective is better. I'm getting to the point in my life where I look forward to those times and miss them when I fail to meet Him there.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Thanks Missy for sharing the verse Merrilee posted. And for your encouragement!!!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Lindi girl, it's amazing how time flies but we all have so much going on - we're busy being busy. We all need to brainstorm how to beat our busy-ness!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Christy,

    I struggle with the same things. I had Monday of this past week off and got no writing or critiques done that day. I spent the whole day working on tax stuff. Not exactly my idea of a blessed day off from work, yet I couldn't have gotten it done while at work either.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I know, Jenn. I'm praying for a miracle at my job that allows me part time! However, if I had less time at work, I'm sure it'd be filled elsewhere!

    ReplyDelete