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Tuesday a-afternoon . . .

It is feeling wonderfully early-autumn around here, which makes me all kinds of happy, because fall is my favorite and my best. (Apologies to Lauren Child for semi-swiping from her book title, Snow is my Favourite and my Best, which I highly recommend.)

From across the room, I have art supplies calling to me, asking me to spend a bit of time collaging and painting. Next to me to my right, two books I'm partway through vie for attention, while a third on the coffee table argues with both a notebook and a journal that I should spend time there. On my left, an in-progress afghan wants to be crocheted, and I can hear the call from the other room of my Jane Austen manuscript, which I have started re-reading and making notes and edits in advance of sending it off into the world. I also hear the call of my suffrage project, which is at present three completed poems and a lot of research - some done, some not. Fainter still, I hear other manuscripts whispering in hopes of some attention as well.

Meanwhile, the sun beckons from outside, where the skies are bluest blue and the crickets sing more loudly, sensing the change in the seasons, and I have houseguests whom I would rather not ignore while they are here. The cat is napping soundly, another fine choice of activity.

What is a girl to do, with so many charming options?

In such times as this, I think it makes sense to sit still and quiet for a few minutes, to ask myself two questions: 1) which thing is calling loudest to or pulling hardest at you? and 2) which of these options would bring you the most joy in this moment?

Having made my choice, I am off to join the cat for a wee bit. And then I will see what is next.



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lpsalas
Oct. 6th, 2015 09:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, Kelly, this sounds so wonderful! Cats, books, writing, reading, autumn weather. Enjoy!
kellyrfineman
Oct. 7th, 2015 04:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks - so far, so good!
Amy Neighbour VanEchaute
Oct. 7th, 2015 04:00 am (UTC)
Kelly,

I have this happy problem all the time. I often think of those lines from Jim Croce: "But there never seems to be enough time/to do the things you want to do, once you find 'em..." I want to go on photo shoots, want to read about 10 different recent titles I've acquired, want to work on my felted wool designs, want to garden, want to blog, want to keep up with my correspondence, and did I even mention journaling?

I like the two questions you suggest. Love the idea of going with that which brings the most joy!

Happy Autumn! xoxo
kellyrfineman
Oct. 7th, 2015 04:23 pm (UTC)
I have decided to apply my "choose joy" mantra as often as possible, and therefore try to go with whatever pulls at me most (in a positive way, preferably) when choosing among waiting tasks. It seems like the sort of thing you do intuitively anyhow, based on your lovely posts, but perhaps I am mistaken.
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