Posted On May 3, 2024

Photo by Michele Venne

Just as the rocks allow the plants to grow and the water allows the rocks to contain it, life may go a little smoother if we allow (certain) changes. I agreed to change my work schedule. That means I need to allow priorities to shift. Who I help in my day job is temporary. When those hours are thick, I know I have to shift time from leisure reading and working on my writing projects. I know the work hours are short term. I’ll return to my projects, spending as much time with them as I’m used to, in a couple of months.

In the meantime, I’ll make notes on ideas for stories and plot and characters that flash through my mind. I can peruse my bookshelf and be reminded that 44 titles doesn’t mean I’m done, just that progress is slow for now. Certain priorities won’t change (Holly is and always will be number one). I can store the income I make now for when the work hours are hard to come by.

Slow progress is being made on one of the math workbooks. Bits of progress show up occasionally in MV2 as I write flash fiction pieces. And stories to include in the short story collection are considered and filed in that folder.

If I didn’t allow for the shift in priorities, then my reaction to the time crunch would be unpleasant. I’ve learned how much I can do, how much I need to rest, when I need to seek the company of others, and when I need to dabble in the garden or bake muffins or clean out the garage. It’s a mind shift that reminds me to allow for the temporary change. How do you deal with shifting priorities?

Written by Michele Venne

Writer of immersive and intriguing stories.

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