Category Archives: Quotes
I’ve had this quote posted next to my computer for a week or so as a reminder to be present.
It’s been difficult – the world I live in pretty much demands multitasking & forecasting, to the point that when I focus on only what’s at hand, all the other things waiting in the wings start waving their arms wildly, trying to get my attention. There are times when ignoring them all can be just as exhausting as trying to deal with them all.
Perhaps that’s one of the reasons I like my solitary activities, and get quite zealous when someone tries to cajole me into spending my leisure time on something that mimicks my work time. There are a lot of folks out there who won’t take no for an answer, who have no issue with demanding explication, and even worse, feel free to judge and weigh in with their opinions if I do provide one. For the most part I’ve manged to stay polite – opting for a simple “No, that doesn’t fit into my plans right now.”
Recently someone got rather confrontational, (I believe the exact phrase was “what have you got going on that’s so important that you can’t do this?”) and I was so shocked I just stood and stared. It was tough to tell whether they were saying it in jest or not – it didn’t come across like they were joking – and the expectant silence afterwards indicated that they really were expecting me to explain.
How to get out of that gracefully? I don’t think I managed it well – I gave myself time by taking a sip of my tea, tilted my head and said “I’ve got too much going on, what with family and all.”
So – your turn – how would you handle such a situation?
That night was the turning-point in the season. We had gone to bed in summer, and we awoke in autumn; for summer passes into autumn in some imaginable point of time, like the turning of a leaf. ~ Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
I love the turning of the season in Vancouver – there’s something about walking under trees and smelling that scent of leaves returning to earth… I always feel more productive, more fecund. Which is probably why my energies are focused so much on the creative parts of life right now, and less on the laundry.
Besides going out and taking photos, one of the things I will take time out for this weekend is Sunday’s The Word On The Street event. Last year we got a chance to hear both David Suzuki and Rex Weyler give a talk, and this year’s lineup of writers promises to be just as interesting. Geist Magazine’s Haiku Night In Canada caught my eye in the program, as did the opportunity to hear Michael Mckinley on “Hockey: A People’s History”. My copy of the program has all sorts of highlights – I may have to get cloned in order to get to it all.
So what are you looking forward to this weekend?