With more striking regularity, I find myself unavailable to commune with my computer. Necessarily, this means I do different work.
Although technology offers me more and more ways to connect whilst I am away from my office, there are portions of life which do not allow the intrusion of technology, my boardroom notwithstanding.
My children. You all know I have a busload of children. The last few weeks have seen my older children in varying degrees of needing Momma for all things from advice to intervention. Technology helps me stay in touch with my children and to resolve a plethora of their issues. It will never intrude on my time with my children. Ever.
To that end, The M3 Blog has fallen neglected in the interim. (No, that is not an apology. It is an explanation. The two vary greatly.)
Work. One would think a blogger and publisher would spend all working hours at a computer. In fact, I do anything but. Mantra still prefers pencil. I have been story boarding the sequel to Charitable Darkness (which is the sequel to Darkness Introduced). Yes, I am working on the third installment before the second comes out of beta.
I have also been doing much more in the FAB world to put my hands on the lives of the people for whom I care very deeply. It has involved thousands of miles, hundreds of telephone calls and an ocean of coffee. In a few cases, it has involved a paintbrush. (Still no apology.)
Health. In the past, you have seen me work to the point where I could no longer function. I made a promise to someone who cares for me more than most anyone else ever has I would not work until I dropped any more. This person made it really simple by saying, “I need you more than your jobs ever will.” It is hard to argue with logic so utterly simplistic.
I listened. When I get to the point my eye is twitching (which is more often than I like) and my hands are not willing to cooperate (which is disturbingly more often), I am not working. (This is everything except an apology.)
Friends. FAB friends are something everyone needs. Regardless of how self-sufficient any of us are, we need people in our lives to help us keep our perspectives and realize it is not always about (us, our catastrophes, our victories). Of late, I have been spending more time with friends whose demands range from a ride somewhere to sharing a glass of wine with heartfelt conversation.
No matter how you may have read the preceding paragraph, my interactions with my friends are not merely what I can do for them. Plenty of times it is about how they can help me. Friendship is never a one-way street, even though it is never a 50-50 split.
Me. While much of my life is defined by the things I do for others, the remainder is defined by what I do for myself. It includes things like pedicures and massages. It also includes visits to the doctors and walks around the park. Probably the most important time I spend on myself is the time I do absolutely nothing.
There is no stimulus, sometimes even no light. No Crackberries. No telephones. No email. No contact. Simply nothing. I recommend it to everyone.
This is not an apology. Just like the bullet list was a surprise to many, this is merely a list of what fills my days these days.
And I miss you.
What fills your days?
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