I’ll just take a break here, I said to myself. Little did I know – or perhaps I should have known – that my little break would stretch into writing my last post on this site for quite a while. Or that I would put off writing the sequel to my well-received novel. Or that I would end up wasting a lot of valuable time. Once I got out of the discipline of writing, it simply became easier not to write.
That’s deadly poison. It takes a major effort to get back in harness, which I am glad to say this post indicates I am doing. Now I just need to keep it up.
The same is true in other areas. Exercise is a prime example. When you go for daily walks, you feel bad if you skip one. Your mind, your body, your spirit wants to do what you have established as a good, regular pattern. And as long as you keep exercising, that need to exercise will be with you. But if you stop for more than a day or two, the reverse occurs – your inclination becomes not to exercise, not to write, not to use your time well. And the longer you do that, the more the bad inclination reinforces itself.
Whether it is exercise, writing, working on a project around the house, or simply making a point of spending time with loved ones, that time is precious. Once it’s gone, it’s gone, and I don’t need to tell you that we are only on this planet so long. “Do not squander time. It is the stuff life is made of,” is the motto you see on the Twelve Oaks plantation in Gone With the Wind. Truer words were rarely written.
So when you fall into one of those negative patterns, as I did, force yourself to break it, knowing that not only will it result in more productive use of your time, you’ll feel better about yourself. This is not to say we don’t all need vacations now and then – we do and should take those – and a change in routine is also a good thing. But it does speak to those breaks we take simply because we are too lazy that day to follow our productive routines that help us in so many ways.
We pay for those breaks.
I’m back from mine.