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taking the time

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Last years resolutions, such as they were, went pretty okay. I lost the weight I’d wanted to lose, I cooked at home like crazy, I spent more time home and with my family, friends, and boyfriend, and felt like things went okay. Now I’m chipping away at some other things I’d like to do better on. Most importantly: not rushing through things in the name of “efficiency” when I don’t really need that extra few minutes for anything else more important. If I rush through doing the dishes I often break them. If I rush through errands I often forget something. If I rush through a meal I often don’t appreciate it. If I rush out the door I don’t feed the birds and where did I have to be in such a hurry anyhow?

So, I’ve been getting into the habit of not being late exactly but not trying to be so punctual that I am painfully early. And not being such a taskmaster about things. I have the capacity for great productivity, but that’s not the only axis along which I should be measuring my value, to others as well as to myself. I get to work at the school more or less on time, not thirty minutes early. I start working at MetaFilter when my shift starts and not whenever I sit down at the computer. I cook meals that take hours sometimes.

It’s tough because I get the fidgets when I’m not crossing things off of a checklist, but for me that sort of thinking was a bit of a trap. Or, rather, maybe I didn’t have the right things on the checklist. Things like go stand in the woods, have a cup of tea, call a friend, lie down and read for an hour or more.

So far, okay.

3 Comments

  1. Louise Alcorn wrote:

    Jessamyn, that’s lovely and inspiring. Thank you.

    Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 10:17 | Permalink
  2. Sara wrote:

    “I have the capacity for great productivity, but that’s not the only axis along which I should be measuring my value, to others as well as to myself.”

    THIS, as the kids say.

    Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 14:10 | Permalink
  3. Dawn wrote:

    Yes.

    Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 17:21 | Permalink

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