Thursday, June 21, 2007

The Calm after the Storm and Vice Versa

Ever have those days where you have bursts of energy, followed by long spells of quiet contemplation?

That's where I've been lately, hence my non-consistent posts. I'm enjoying stealing some time for me rather than blabbering just because a random thought enters the spinning cerebral cortex carnival E-Ticket ride known as Mama P's brain. (Side note: I'm sure Rex wishes I'd practice Zen-like peace during our nightly conversations when I go from kitchen remodels to Darfur to my Aunt Joan to the dangerous scab near Stink's belly button which turned out to be day-old Play Dough, which launches me into diatribe on my hygiene techniques.)

Everyone says it's important to listen, and while I think I am a good friend, I often am so busy with the clever retorts that I wonder how much I really offer someone. And even more, I wonder how much I am allowing them to enrich me by being so quick to respond.

And so, dear readers, I am once again embarking on a new quest: to enjoy quiet time. To read. To journal. To send thank you notes.

Of course, I shall be doing all this in between post office runs, dropping off Stink at school, feeding Pip, giving Pip a nap, wishing friends luck on cross country adventures, thrifting, waking Pip up, picking up Stink, buying new toner and hitting the post office.

But you get the idea. And hey... don't comment right away! Give yourself at least thirty seconds to see if I'm making any sense.
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Okay....NOW POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6 comments:

meno said...

You are making as much sense as anything.

Listening is a hard hard art, and i need constant reminders to do it. So thanks.

Pam said...

......Posting now!

It all makes perfect sense to me. When lives are so busy quiet time takes a little effort.

As for listening, it's very important but it's not always easy to quiet our own toughts. I think we all have to work on that one from time to time.

Erin said...

I think it is always great to take some quiet time to yourself. It helps you be better at all those other roles you play -- friend, companion, mother, confidant, daughter, lover, etc. But finding the time to be actually quiet... ah. That's the trick, isn't it? Enjoy it when you can.

hamiam said...

So with you on this one. I have to consciously listen - at the pace at which the speaker is speaking...i.e. I'm a sentence-finisher, as well as clever retorter.

My hair pics are up! :)

Mama P said...

Meno - I actually have a lot to learn from your contemplative posts. And your photos of nude people. You crack me up.

Pam - Your stuff is so beautiful. Readers Digest is going to need some serious Tums after digesting your artwork... it's THAT good.

Erin - I am in awe of your writing ability. I hope you're writing your novel.

Ham - You rock the shag. And will get shagged. I guarantee it.

Gretchen said...

"...while I think I am a good friend, I often am so busy with the clever retorts that I wonder how much I really offer someone. And even more, I wonder how much I am allowing them to enrich me by being so quick to respond..."

I really identify with your words here. This sounds very superior, and I don't mean it that way--at all! But, I really think it is tough when some of us process verbal info so quickly. Some people can do math; I can't. Some people listen well, and respond quickly; others can't. Some people listen well, and respond slowly. I will grant you that the clever retort could take a breather. Verbal "gifting" definitely needs gentle discernment as it's alter-ego--at least for me.

Enjoy your quiet time. I think it's so important, too.