The Fine Balance btw Social Interaction and Writing

Two things I don’t want as the refrains of my life:
“I’m so tired”
“I don’t have enough time.”

The first,
I had a friend who said it
not occasionally
but constantly
which, had it been me,
I’d have taken as a sign
something needs to change.

The second, I understand
but it doesn’t make for good conversation.
We all get the same amount of time.
Fair is fair. Should I put in a claim for more?
There is no shame in saying
“I have other things
I’m paying attention to
right now
and I want to be faithful to attend to them well.”

Having said all this,
I wish now to announce
I am tired and I don’t have enough time.

In other words,
I have turned into the person
I don’t wish to be,

which is never a good situation
in the long term
and must be nipped in the bud.

It’s because of Fall, things starting back up. This was a particularly busy week, starting early, ending late. Next week is shaping up to be another. And there’s way more social interaction than I can bear. Correction: There’s more social interaction than I can bear if I am going to get any writing done. There you go. That’s closer to the truth. There is a delicate balance.

Ann Patchett makes choices about the number of doors she has open in her life. (scroll to end of interview)
Deidra says book writing is a deeply spiritual work, a lesson in remaining present to the moment. A little aside of my topic here, but still, responsibility falls to the writer, not someone else.

About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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