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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Changing One's Pace of Life

(Picture taken by my daughter, Laura)

I am finding that the old saying, "When it rains, it pours" has a lot of validity these days. It's as if my 'life button' is like the knob on a spinning bike and it skipped the quarter jump in speed and was turned 180 degrees. And I do not seem to be the controller of my own life knob. It's turning without my blessing or approval or even a simple debate as to which speed I should be going. Maybe it's fate. Maybe, secretly or very deep down, this is the speed at which I want to live my life for the next cycle. Yet, there is considerable trepidation on my part. Parts of me just want to hover under a huge, golf umbrella and let the rain pass. Other parts of me has already put on my rain boots, ready to run and play in the pouring rain. I must say, it is all a little confusing.

Some ways that tell me it's time to change it up and live life at a faster pace:

  • New ideas pop into my head all day long. I will have lunch with people from a company and suddenly I have a fantastic idea for their website and how they can increase their membership for very little cost to them;

  • I get excited about new job prospects and crave the intensity that certain careers demand;

  • I take on too many writing assignments and need to stay up late to get them finished;

  • My heart is racing (not in an unhealthy way) and I can feel the adrenaline flowing through my veins;

My resistance to this new pace is as follows:

  • I worry that I will miss the relaxed time I spend with my dog and neighbors;

  • When I used to work for my past employer, I would jump in and be 110% devoted to my projects and the company. Sometimes, my family and the housework, etc would get neglected.

I am just going to have to monitor what is going on and make sure to take care of all those people around me. These are exciting times, if not a little scary. Wish me luck.

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Blogger Christine said...

Good luck! Reading your blog makes me feel like I am still in town, seeing and/or talking to you often. See you in a couple of weeks!

March 19, 2009 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger Casey said...

Wow, I'd like to have at least half of your motivation! I'm glad things are looking up for you, how exciting!

March 19, 2009 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger June said...

hang in there. Good things always happen to good people like you!

March 19, 2009 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Warner said...

I've come to accept that the speed at which things happen is usually beyond our control. The universe runs on its own timetable, not mine. I have learned to appreciate the slower times for what they really are - blessings in disguise that give us permission to smell the roses, take the circuitous route and enjoy the trip - more than arriving at the destination. My comfort in the slow times comes from my deep-seated faith that the Universe knows what I need, when I need it. If I embrace my faith, the rest takes care of itself. I don;t advocate lounging all day, but I guard against the other extreme by resisting the natural temptation to speed things up beyond their natural pace - just because. Enjoy the slow times, because the pace will surely step up again, maybe faster than we'd want!

March 19, 2009 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger Petra a.k.a The Wise (*Young*) Mommy said...

well, good luck to you with all that's going on! I also have a lot on my plate and it is making me very nervous!

March 19, 2009 at 6:34 PM  
Blogger Jenni Jiggety said...

Good luck! It's allll about balance!

March 19, 2009 at 8:59 PM  
Blogger Raf said...

i envy your drive! looks like you won't have much time to get addicted to facebook though!

March 19, 2009 at 10:35 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

This sounds like my job! I truly could not do this job (nonprofit development) if I still had kids at home with their various sports schedules and such. My mind runs constantly, but regular workouts, movies, and good reads keep me sane.

March 21, 2009 at 11:40 AM  

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