Enough Time

Posted On December 15, 2023

Photo by Michele Venne

Every day this week I thought about when would be the best time to send out the reminder email to my subscribers about the survey. I hinted that I might include a gift for them, but after ten days, I’m not any closer to delivering on that hint. The person who has designed the covers for two of the three projects I wanted to finish this year asked when I would give her the final page count on the next math workbook. The other cover, for the holiday short story, needs to be done through 100 Covers. I’m sure they can’t guarantee a cover before the end of the year. In fact, their cover designers might be working long hours to finish the projects they already have, with no time to take on more.

I’ve had some mid-morning meetings, which is unusual. This limits the amount of unhurried time I have with Holly. I’ve had to set the alarm on my phone to tell me when I need to put her back in her stall. Before and in between client appointments, I think I have enough time to make progress on these three projects. Only one ends up getting attention. And that particular project is taking longer than I thought it would.

But I’ve had enough time to make other appointments and take care of little life tasks. On my calendar, there continues to be that unending string of little life tasks. That’s just life. But I’m grateful for enough time to do them. Looking ahead to the next 16 days, I’m hopeful there will be enough time to return to my hurried mornings with Holly, to read some good fiction, to finish a few Netflix shows, to enjoy the quiet and just be.

Part of that “be-ing” is to accept that next year will arrive before I’ve done what I wanted to do. I know this happens. Sometimes we retire before we’ve gotten the promotion we wanted. Sometimes our health doesn’t hold out for us to do the things we want to, even though we think we’ll have enough time. I have time enough to accept where I am in these projects and that publishing in January is okay. Do you have enough time to do what you want to do?

Written by Michele Venne

Writer of immersive and intriguing stories.

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