Three must-do items were checked off today. Such sweet, sweet relief!
I’ve been very grateful for songs such as “Find Me” (see 11/27 post) and “Love Lifted Me” (an old hymn) running through my head during this rather taxing week. I had a hard time focusing my thoughts to stay on track, especially when I worked on the article with the deadline of Dec 1st, and innumerable interruptions kept happening, including some big ones out of my control.
I started working on the article in September gathering information with the goal of having it written by Nov 1st. To my dismay I kept falling down fascinating rabbit holes. Ed would firmly pull me back to solid ground saying, “Keep it simple!” I got too simple. There weren’t enough woods. There were too many words, too random, too much over-thinking, too complex, too redundant.
Last night Ed read my final draft and declared it perfect. I went to bed with new sentence structures and order to make it more cohesive. Ignoring all emails this morning I settled in working on the article. Adding the ideas I’d thought of last night took the article 200 words past the limit thus began another paring process. Just before noon it was saved as a .pdf and sent off to the publisher along with some supporting pictures. Huzzah! What a tremendous relief to have that monkey off my back before it turned into an Orangutan.
#1 Absolutely must-finish and email article. Check!
#2 Eye exams for Ed and I. Check! It’d been three years since our last vision check-up and we both felt that we were way overdue but time slipped by. Yesterday when it crossed my mind I immediately picked up the phone and made back to back appointments for us. After hanging up I remembered that a DMV office was right around the corner from the optometrist’s office.
#3 Driver’s License Renewed. Check!
For a person who has the tendency to procrastinate going to a doctor/dentist or the DMV it feels super to have accomplished seeing the dentist, optometrist, AND getting the license renewed almost a full month before it expired – all this week.
Remember the picture posted 11/23 of the row of ferns in a stone wall by a dry creek bed? This is what it looks like after several days of rain! The fish ladder is flowing with abundant water again!
– tasks accomplished
– the love of writing
– perseverance even though I longed to take a day off
– visible signs of hope, of life! The reminder that even when the creek, and life! seems dry beyond hope the waters will flow again.
– Abundant, living waters!