Sometimes I think I am just not paying enough attention. The days seem to disappear into the ether with increasing speed lately. The month of February is almost over and it seem like we were just celebrating the New Year. I try to be mindful during the day, but when I am engage in work in the home office, I tend to be very “heads down.” I focus on getting things done and sometimes wake up and hour or more later — hungry and wondering what happened. Some folks would call this “flow” and think it a good thing, and at times it is. That said, too much of any good thing might be be that good.
I need to get better at taking breaks during my day to remember where I am, what I am doing and what I am trying to accomplish. Another term you will often here is “mindfulness” and think I could us a little more of that. A bit of stopping to take stock so the days don’t roll by so quickly. Accomplishing stuff us great, but remembering what you accomplished is even better.
Another part of the problem is that I often don’t leave the house during the day. This can leave me feeling a bit odd and a bit disconnected from the family. I can take a break from work, walk outside and only then realize that it is hot or cold. sunny or grey. Since Rosanne and Joe are out during the day, they want to stay in in the evenings, where I feel a need to get out for a bit. It can lead to something of a ” Pushmi-pullyu” type of existence. (See Doctor Dolittle for reference)
So, for today, let me note for myself (and subsequently, you) that today our house was put back into order by our great house cleaner, Marta, we had a free energy inspection of the house, which completes tomorrow, I posted many links to my own content and other great stuff I found, we made a trip to Burbank for school pickup, I made jambalaya for dinner, Joseph write a chemistry essay which Rosanne edited and we watched a bit of television, including a rerun of Big Bang Theory. See, I can remember a bit of what happens during my day, if I put my mind to it.
I hope this essay encourages you to spend a little more effort on remembering your day and being a bit more mindful of everything that occurs. It will all be gone in a moment as the tide of each new day ebbs and flows. Sometimes I give great thanks that I have my technology and online memory that allows me to remember what I was doing, when. I am sure I will find this even more a benefit as I grow older.
Previously on End of the Day:
- You are getting sleepy — very, very sleepy… — End of the Day for February 19, 2014
- Sitting around talking — and making the world a better place, I hope — End of the Day for February 18, 2014
- Holiday over, now back to work! — End of the Day for February 17, 2014
- Take a Picture Already — End of the Day for February 16, 2014
- An “At Home” Day — End of the Day for February 15, 2014
- Truly the end of the day — End of the Day for February 14, 2014
- Grandpa Claude’s Birthday – End of the Day for February 13, 2014
- Why do we do what we do? — End of the Day for February 12, 2014
- 50! — End of the Day for February 11, 2014
- The Dad Cycle — End of the Day for February 10, 2014
- Stillness, silence and sand — End of the Day for February 9, 2014
- Parental Robots? – End of the Day for February 8, 2014
- Topics of (dis)interest – End of the Day for February 7, 2014
- Home again — End of the Day for February 6, 2014
- …but Mom, he followed me home! — End of the Day for February 5, 2014
- All parenting is ad lib – End of the Day for February 4, 2014
- A little bit of this and a little bit of nothing – End of the Day for February 3, 2014
- Was that rain on the roof? – End of the Day for February 2, 2014
- Growing up – End of the Day for February 1, 2014
- End of the Day for January 2014