What Do You Choose?

Goodness, it has been a couple of weeks since I posted. What was I thinking? Oh, yeah. I was thinking that I had a house full of friends and family and had no time to write anything. Do you ever have days or weeks like that? After last year, when we had no visitors after March, I despaired of ever having anyone visiting again.

One thing I have learned from last year, and a very busy few weeks this year, is that life really is what you make of it. I could have been frazzled or aggravated that I had no time for my blogs…or any writing whatsoever…but that would have been self-defeating. I loved having a full house. I loved the hustle and bustle of all we did. I loved spending time with my wonderful mother.

The reality is that we make choices. Every day. All day long. Choices that help our lives, fulfill our lives, enrich our lives. Or, conversely, we make choices that tear down our lives, cheapen our lives, destroy our lives. I made the intentional choice of stepping back from my computer and spending that time with the people right in front of me, eating at my table right then. I do not regret it at all.

I did, however, miss you…and my writing. I like opening myself up to the greater world. There is so much to see, so many to meet, and so little time in which to do so. It seems sad that many people live in the small bubble of their making and never venture out into the great unknown.

The best part of so much activity is the slowing down after everyone leaves, and the opportunity to turn some of those conversations, some of those sites, some of those personalities into my writings…into characters…into settings…into dialogue. All of my friends and family know that anything they say or do, anywhere we go, can be (and probably will be) fodder for a story. They accept that idiosyncrasy of mine and I appreciate them for that. Besides, I think they look for themselves in my writings!

Anyway, I hope you have had a great few weeks and have taken time to smell the proverbial roses. I certainly have, and they are fragrant and wonderful. See you on Tuesday.

About wanderingamericanwriter

retired teacher, writer, wife, mother, dog lover, traveler - real and imagined places!
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