I Forgot

    

Beware the barrenness of a busy life ~ Socrates

A few weeks ago I began working on a new website, Healthy Food Matters.  I started it because I believe that it does matter.  Where our food is sourced from, how animals are treated, what chemicals are added, if it has been genetically modified.....it all matters.

Often when I start something new, I lose myself in it.  I can become quite obsessive at times.  The point is that I forgot.  I forgot how to just be.  I forgot how to relax.  I forgot how beautiful the beach is as the sun rises.  I forgot to sit outside and enjoy the late evening sounds of summer. I forgot how to have a meaningful conversation with my wife.  I forgot to call my relatives.  I forgot, I forgot, I forgot.

There is nothing wrong with working hard until we forget who we truly are and what really matters.

Courtney's article here, on Be More With Less, reminded me of who I am and what is important to me.  I recommend that you read it.  Whether you read Courtney's article or not, I hope that I have reminded you to take a moment and remember who YOU are and what really matters.

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8 comments:

  1. That's a tough one, Dan. I, too, get really obsessed with my creative pursuits, to the point where I forget that there is a world around me! Yes, what we write and what we do for the world DOES matter. But it's a matter of balance. I have to put strict limits on my online time--only writing three blog posts a week, and I think having designated times to answer e-mail and read blogs is going to come next.

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  2. I am so happy to hear of your new website and didn't know about it! While I do think it's important to have a balance (whatever that is!) and make time for those you love, I do think that working hard on something is a priority for some people. I'm sure daVinci took a break every once in a while, right? Congratulations on the new site, and I'm sure that those of us who benefit from it will be glad you took the time!

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  3. Dan, I too get obsessed when working on something new, or something I enjoy. I got a reminder this week when I overdid it and paid the consequences. Now I am taking things slower and not trying to get so much done. There's always tomorrow for those things.

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    1. The consequences....if only they didn't exist, we could do whatever we felt like...but there are always consequences.

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  4. Dan, I don't mind at all forgetting most things for a bit. Tammy, I never forget, but everything else can go for a bit if needed when I am creating. Creating is simply a priority. Sometimes I can chip away at a creation. At other times, I feel I must stay with it for prolonged periods. Having said so, I realize that others sometimes must do the same and act accordingly.

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    1. I see what you're saying CJ, I'm just at a point in my life where I don't want to lose even a few weeks of being 'lost' in something. I want to be present and savoring every moment of life.

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