Our hotel room is on top top floor and we have a spectacular view of the harbor.
Yesterday morning, prior to the wedding, we sat on benches in the waterfront with books and newspapers reading and people-watching.
This morning, I’m having a lazy morning (still in bed at 8:39 “thanks” to the antihistamine I took last night for my swollen-and-still-sore-from-the-bee-sting-and-perhaps-infected foot) sipping coffee in a silent hotel room. Gerry is downstairs having coffee with his siblings discussing the health of their parents.
What has struck me this weekend is how much more relaxed I feel as I’ve focused on doing and experiencing just one thing at a time–experiencing each moment as it happens.
I feel like there is a message for me, whispered words of wisdom, telling me to stop being frantic all the time. The thing is, there are so many things on my mind all the time–writing projects, book promotion, quilting projects I long to get back to, my garden, canning and putting food by for the winter, books I’m reading, and on and on and on.
I’m at the age where I know I’ll never live long enough to do all the things I want to do, and I’ve become a little compulsive about trying to fit as much in as I can. I’m realizing that in my haste I’ve lost something. I’ve lost the pure pleasure in doing these things because I’m rarely just in that single moment.
So, as I look out over the bay this morning, I’m resolving to slow down, to make lists so I don’t lose sight of all the things I want to do, and to tackle things on the list deliberately and mindfully, giving each project the attention it warrants. I’ll likely never be able to cross everything off of my list, but at least I can choose to be full-in on those ones I decide to focus on on any given day.
How do you deal with multiple priorities and projects in your life?