Tuesday, January 20, 2009

gift of time

of all the things i possess in this world, the most precious is my time. i figure there's only a finite amount of it, and i have no way of knowing how close i might be to the bottom of this particular jar of peanut butter.

consequently, i tend to guard my time rather jealously. im choosy about where i go, what i do, and who i spend it with. and since there really isn't enough money in the world to in any way truly compensate me for what i feel to be the value of one hour's worth of my time, it makes for a lousy work ethic, because i can only be motivated to do things in which i perceive there to be some other intrinsic value besides mere money.

it also makes me nearly delirious when i'm given time i didn't think i would have.

like tomorrow. and thursday. and friday.

where did all this splendiferous time come from?

i cleared my calendar in anticipation of jury duty. i'd begged off three times in a row and this time, i figured, they weren't letting me out of it. but after listening to president obama's speech this afternoon, i was quite resigned to go - looking forward to it, even. after all, as my friend laura sadly said, when i asked her how to get out of doing it, im the sort of person they want.

or, maybe not.

when i checked the web site this evening, it said i didn't have to go.

i was in the middle of my exultations when i remembered something i said this morning, in an off-hand kind of way, the way you make promises to kids or spouses when you're not really listening.

if You get me out of jury duty, i'd said, as i was dusting off my altar and lighting a bit of sage, i promise i'll spend the next three days Writing (which, in all fairness to me and the Powers That Be, i'm itching to do. my friend leaves for hawaii in just a week.)

i think this falls under the category of you just never know Who might be listening.

and furthermore, i am highly confident the War is going to end. blessed, blessed be.

12 comments:

Shades of Scorpio said...

Indeed Annie....I am also highly protective over my time....is it a woman thing? Because it seems to only be men who don't understand this concept. Enjoy writing and writing and writing on your next few wonderful days off!!

annie kelleher said...

thats interesting, scorp... i don't know... maybe its the fact we count days and moon cycles... that we're conscious of time in a way they arent? but i know a lot of women who seem to waste a lot of time doing things i think are pretty silly...

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Stacy's Random Thoughts said...

Oh, I am definitely 'protective' of my time, too! I think it must be a 'woman thing', because I don't see hubby being so protective, he just goes with the flow...but then again, us women do more of the basic necessary things to keep the household running smoothly and taking care of the kids and pets...the guys are pretty much along for the ride and clueless! (snicker!)

Have fun writing over the next few days! :)

penguinsandladybugs said...

You know, I need to be more protective of my time. It is crazy outta control right now! Hope you enjoy your extra time that was given to you!

Laura Rose said...

That is one of the things I'm most grateful for since we shifted the Purple Rose...I have my time back!!!

koopermom said...

It seems like I never have enough time! and when I do, all I want to do is sleep!

Kathy said...

I don't know about men and time, since my husband is pretty careful with HIS time. I do know that I have to schedule for everyone. And I'm a little tired of the time that takes.

Walk in the Woods said...

Enjoy the writing ... and whatever other gifts this time affords you!

Blessed-freakin'-be!

john white said...

When we, here in the UK, put our clocks back an hour on that Saturday night in Autumn, I like to leave it until the Sunday to do it. Then I control time - it's my choice when I gain the hour -- oh the power! (and the pleasure lol)

Bonnie said...

Enjoy the extra time you have managed to get. I am bad with my time. But after reading this blog, you have made me think more about it.

Kim said...

if you put it out there it will come to be
glad you have time to write