When was the last time someone told you to take it easy? No, really. Slow down. We live in a complicated, fast-paced world with distractions galore and the sense of urgency of a sprinter on a four-by-one team rounding the hundred meter mark. You reach out to pass the baton, but your teammate recedes down the lane. Your arms flail in an attempt to maintain your equilibrium and keep up your speed. The runner in the next lane knocks you off balance simply by passing you. Another frustrating attempt to accomplish too much too soon.
Don’t get me wrong. Deadlines, and finish lines, can spur your inspiration. But so can fishing lines and sidelines. I say, Let it stew. Allow the ideas and words to do a rumba in your brain. Don’t always be in a hurry to meet your personal goal of one-thousand words or two hours of writing a day. Even if your reward is a piece of chocolate or cinnamon chip scone.
Eat the chocolate with the scone and savor them. Kick off your spikes and have a lie in the grass. The long grass you put off mowing so that you can stare at the sky.