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Enjoying the Journey

July 25th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I wasn’t able to get to sleep for a while last night, so I sat around reading blogs and thinking. (OK, and playing the jewel game for quite a while.)

Here are two neat blog posts I found:
Living the Moment from The Idea Dude, and
Failing Well from Megan Cutter, a fellow Inside 919 person.

One of my greatest strengths is my ability to plan. I naturally set goals and break them up into smaller actions. Then I do each little action, and nail the goal! Planning is so much fun for me that I consider it a hobby…but it’s not without its pitfalls. Sometimes I’ll hole up downstairs with my salsa music and forget to take a walk. Or keep playing instead of taking a break to pet the cat. Also, if something comes up that isn’t in the plan, it takes some big-time adjusting on my part.

Many times I’ll find myself attracted to *exactly* what I need to hear, and this is one of those times! As I climbed my practice mountain this week, I royally busted my chops, and had to rest. One day wasn’t enough. Two days wasn’t enough. On the third day I got better, but my endurance wasn’t back.

“Grr,” I thought, “I’m not doing my next-actions! Shame on me, being too overzealous with practice!” But these nice bloggers reminded me of two things: (1) Sometimes things don’t go according to plan, and sometimes we fail, but these are learning experiences; and (2) There is other stuff to do besides achieving goals.

So I had a coffee and a cinnamon scone with friends this morning. I sat there and reeeally tasted that cinnamon, reeeally listened to my friends. All of them have a unique, signature sound when they talk. I vaccuumed Summerglen Music’s floors today, and paid attention to what I was doing. Then I went to practice………and MAN, it sounded good! :-)

I’m reminded today that there are plateaus. Sometimes they take a while to cross, but the journey is fun if you make sure to enjoy the scenery!

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Katherine Reschke // Aug 3, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    I am a planner by nature too and I also need to be reminded that sometimes life needs to be lived not planned.
    Thanks for the great post!

  • 2 Vernon Lun // Aug 6, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Thanks for the mention. I’m glad managed to spark a thought.

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