She was up against the clock. The deadline loomed over her head and she thought she’d try to sneak in a few hundred more words while the kids were playing.
She quietly made her way to the writing nook and opened her laptop ever so hushed, as if nervous someone somewhere would hear hinges in need of oil.
Headlines and subtitles later, she got interrupted just like that. Her phone was beeping from afar and her kids ran in the room, arguing about whose burp was louder.
In this scenario she had two choices:
- Try to work through the noise.
- Get up and walk away from the tempting piece of machinery that was bound to lose.
She opted for the latter this time, but some days she didn’t.
Can I be honest? She is me and sometimes I want my way bad.
But I have learned that if it’s just “one of those days” where the kids are more needy than normal, it is more wise to give it to them than withhold it and fight a battle never meant to be fought.
Sometimes less is more and these are the kinds of “writer” lessons I am going to be delving more into soon.
Because after years of blogging, namely this last one of narrowing down my focus, I have discovered something:
People matter, more than “things.”
Not only does this fit into Week 7 of Writing from Rest, but it is timely as my blog gets merged over to a new one.
I have more news but it’s top secret…
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