The grapevines are turning on a beautiful autumn day in Maikammer, Germany
As a life-long academic writer and researcher, normally I wouldn’t use a quotation unless I had the source. The place I found it didn’t have adequate source information and by googling I found it’s been passed around, but I’ve yet to find it’s origins. If anyone knows, please share with me.
Trying to locate the source didn’t educate me on anything and took away valuable time that I could have been creating something. Once again, I let the Perfect be the enemy of the Good. I’m sure none of my wonderful readers will turn me into the “Works Cited” police or doubt every word I write hereafter, or believe I’m trying to appropriate someone else’s idea as my own (see, I did use quotation marks so you know I didn’t dream up this pithy prose on my own) because I didn’t trace it back to the original source.
And that’s the point for me. Yes, I waste a lot of time online. And while I’m looking for more words of wisdom about writing I’m not writing. While I’m searching online catalogues for the perfect period piece doorknob for my early 20th century home, I’m not beginning my own renovation. And the list goes on. And so following endless links yesterday is why my blog is late posting today.
I know one of my sisters gets continuously ticked off with me that I’m not doing the things I say I need to get done (finish my garden landscaping, buy new furniture, lose weight, have surgery to solve my neck problem). That’s ok. She sees something that needs to be done and SNAP she does it. She doesn’t dither. I try to learn from her because, well, that’s not a bad way to live life.
So today I will try to do something that I will remember tomorrow and next week and the week after (oh, and by the way, I finally put in a call to the electrician for the broken light switch, so let there be light on our upstairs landing after three months).
As for my readers, what keeps you from living your own life? Get it off your chest in the comments box. Then on this beautiful fall weekend get out and touch some earth. Laugh at something somebody sitting in the same room with you said. Get a status update by calling someone and asking, “How are you?” Then listen. Take a picture of a sunset with your mind instead of your mobile phone. Tell someone something you like about them; don’t just click a button. Cook a meal and share it with friends and family. Tell stories. Enjoy silence.
Now I’m off to follow my own advice. I’ll be back later to connect with you in the comments box.
The fall harvest, Oberwolfach, Germany
To help cut the umbilical cord that ties me and Google together, I’m starting to use this wonderful little desktop app I found at The Voice of Stobby, a blog I read for more pithy prose and great little tidbits of information about things like the Focus Booster. Give it a try. Then get to work.