I AM ABSOLUTELY AMAZED at how smooth this month has gone. Well, I mean to say, considering I’ve procrastinated like never before and there was a major holiday smack dab in the middle of it, I find that I am energized, full of ideas, have time to post quite a few blogs and still take the time to work on — and am almost at the completion point of, my National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) project.
That’s 50,000 words in 30 days…though I squandered nearly half of the month, writing a little here and there, blogging here and there, with life taking up the lion’s share of each day. That is, until last week. I have dishes stacked in the sink, laundry that needs to be done, my cat has to bat me about the face to get my attention and my dog simply sulks and the chickens just have no clue.
Oh, they all get fed, me included, but that’s about it. I have occasionally changed the kitty litter — Sebastian has a rather unique way of reminding me. When it “time”, I suddenly notice that there is so much litter on the floor surrounding the box, it makes me wonder if there is any left inside. When I check, I realize I have, once again, been a bad kitty mom and do my duty…
My dishes are tilting rather precariously, so it is time, once again to don the gloves and scrub them up so I can return to using metal rather than plastic utensils. The plates seem to be holding up well, but bowls are in short supply. So, since I’m scrubbing, I’ll end up taking care of those too. If there’s an earthquake before I get this job done, I won’t need to do dishes…they are all going to crash to the floor. Then it’ll be broom-time. Oh, dear.
Why am I telling you all of this? Just so you know what it’s like when someone gets so focused on what they are doing that everything other than the focus item becomes inconsequential. At least to a degree.
Do you have someone like that in your life? Someone so focused, that you get left in the dust?
Thankfully, I was blessed with a fairly normal husband and daughter. So was I…note the past tense. I find I get much more focused on things nowadays. But, then, it’s just me, so there’s nobody else in the house to complain.
I enjoy what I do so much, that I could spend hours upon hours working on a project, whether photography, printing artwork, or writing, and completely forget about eating, or taking medicine. Thank God for the iPhone alarms…I have one set for doctor appointments and other important events in my life, for medication times — haven’t set one for meals, but that’s mostly because I take my medicines around meal times (makes it easier to remember). But even with the alarms, if I’m in the middle of something, I either ignore the alarm (that’s 15 minutes of jangling in my ear) or get up, turn it off and go right back to whatever I was doing. And forget about the alarm or what I was supposed to do when the alarm goes off.
So, I can see how someone can get completely consumed by something and forget things and people around them. But, in my case, it’s not a big deal. There is no family that I am ignoring. Well, they are only animals, after all, right? Even now, my NaNo project is calling to me. It wants me to leave this ( “– just save it and come back to it,” it says) and return to the writing.
My “animals” are my family. They need my attention, almost as much as my daughter did when she was a youngster. Right now, they are getting the basics: food, water, “good girl” or “good boy”, a few special treats and that’s it. I know they should be getting more, but I also know that this ignoring them will be short lived, even if they don’t know it. And, to keep the guilt away, I choose to dwell on that.
Well, I have a little over 4,000 words to write and a tad more than two days to meet the 50,000 word challenge that makes NaNoWriMo what it is, so my ramblings are done for now.
May you find that your focus is family and not things. For family is where your heart should be. Peace of the Season to all of you.