Wednesday, October 31, 2018 – Wrestling With Routine

It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

I wrestle, again, with my sleep pattern, waking up—wide awake—at an hour when it’s too early even for me to begin the day. I pray, read a bit, ponder the world’s problems, and eventually fall back to sleep. The middle-of-the-night disturbance causes me to wake later than I like to in the morning. I start the day feeling behind before I  even begin.

I’m establishing a new writing practice and am faced with a choice when I wake late: blog post or Evernote? Evernote has been winning. Life is all about choices.

In the corporate world there was a concept called Total Quality Management (TQM) that we embraced. The principles of try, test, and adjust were ingrained in me. I seem to be in that circular mode now as I wrestle with writing and routine and finding what works best for me in this season.

My posts here may be less frequent as a result. They may be shorter. Or, they me come with a different regularity and be longer. I don’t know. I’m figuring it out.

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Meanwhile, we are heading into dark and rainy season—a respite before the white stuff comes. We’re still eating Swiss chard from the garden, but I used the last of the fresh tomatoes yesterday. It’s time to start eating down the stores.

And so it goes.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. You don’t need to blog every day if you are comfortable with that. I can’t imagine the pressure of posting every single day.

    Thank you for the inspiration here, Linda! I can always count on that.

  2. You figure it out – I’ll be here no matter what. Gorgeous photo, wow!

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