I truly love and admire the tortoise with his “slow and steady wins the race” philosophy. Unfortunately, I am the hare. I blast off with great gusto and enthusiasm and half way to the finish line I decide I’m not interested anymore. So, I have to adopt a “slow and steady” attitude. This attitude is especially important to continue with my new endeavor, my blog. My first attitude adjustment was put to the test so my husband and I could head out of town for the weekend.
It is exciting to begin something new. It’s been fun researching how blogging works; including, all the what, where and whys about it. I have not only learned what a widget was, but implemented mine. But that’s okay, because I’m a hare and I was going just as fast as I could. In six days I had set up two blog sites and posted three times. I felt pretty good about how it was going until it was time to head out of town for the weekend.
My husband, Rick and I had talked about getting out of town for a few weeks, so when Wednesday rolled around it was time to get on Priceline and book our hotel. My first wave of panic struck. If I was out of town, how was I going to continue my research on blogging and stay on schedule to post my next entry? I just wasn’t ready to slow my pace. Okay, I thought, I will print out articles on blogging and read them over the weekend. I soon realized that wasn’t realistic; I would zip through the articles by mile 25! Then what?!
Something I forgot to mention—Rick is the tortoise. Not that he is slow, but he knows how to pace himself. He is very good at weighing things out and managing his time. I, on the other hand, thrive in “over commitment”, which means that time and I are in constant negotiation. So, it came as no surprise to me when Rick stood in front of me with concern on his face and told me how important it is for me to slow down. He reminded me that I could catch up on my magazines and start the book I have been meaning to get to for months; he was looking forward to spending time together; apparently, even though my computer is in the same room as the television, that doesn’t count. Believe me, I asked. “Okay, you’re right. I agree.” “So, do you mind if I take your laptop; it’s kind of like a magazine, except with a power cord!” Umm, that was a, “No, ma’am”. Oh, I got it, “The business center at the hotel, maybe I could…” Ahh, maybe not.
So, we hit the road early Saturday morning and got back home late Sunday afternoon. It was wonderful. I read my Bon Appetite magazines and finally started Little Bee by Chris Cleave (love it!). We hung out by the pool (me under the umbrella), enjoyed a wonderful sushi dinner, laughed and had fun. The weekend was a well needed getaway for both of us.
And, I’m happy to report that the hare is down to a hop.