No, Thanks

A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow

Tomorrow you get to become anyone in the world that you wish. Who are you? You can choose to be anyone alive today, or someone gone long ago. If you decide to stay “you” share your rationale.


There is no one, living or dead, that I would want to trade places with.  I have enough to deal with just  being me.  Believe me.

In fact, there is very little about my life I would change if I could.  Even the negatives, like my lower back condition, have their positives.  Learning to live with pain  strengthens the character.  And besides, it helped kick me into high gear with losing weight and getting in better shape. I’ve lost 21 pounds from my highest weight ever, and that feels good.

I’ve also started swimming twice a week.  I love to swim, always have. Don’t know why it took me so long to do this.  Yesterday I swam 22 laps, which is 2/3 of a mile.  I add a lap each time I go, so in about five weeks I should be doing the mile.  Then I’ll start working on speed.


As I push through the water, I think about a lot of things.  Mostly, though, I just try to enjoy the moment, the movement, and the silky feel of the water surrounding me.  Swimming is an isolated exercise, even when you’re sharing a lap lane with another swimmer.  You really can’t have any conversation 🙂  Isolation is good for me.  I’m an introvert—that is, I need to be alone and quiet to recharge my batteries.   Swimming lets me do that.

One thing I really have to do this year is figure out a way to get uninterrupted writing time so I can do more than my blog posts.  I need a block of time, say four hours or so, when no one will bother me.  No phone, no husband.  And there’s the rub.  He just doesn’t get it.   A closed door seems to beckon him to open it.  He has a hard time understanding that even a five-minute interruption can get me completely off track.  Halts the flow.  Stops the inspiration.  Sigh.

Anyway,  I’m taking this opportunity to wish you all a productive, challenging, growth-inspiring new year.  Let’s keep writing.

And maybe Wordy will get inspired, too, and give us some fresh prompts.


8 thoughts on “No, Thanks

  1. Happy New Year to you two, too. 🙂

    My dear hubby, being a bookkeeper and p-t writer, sits in the same “office” as me for hours, staring at his computer screen, more or less oblivious to my presence. So I can’t complain on that wise. Perhaps you could get Terry to take up swimming (then just go other mornings) or bowling or mall-walking or “mentoring” or hanging out with the guys at the local coffee shop?

    My observation is that a lot of men pour their hearts into their jobs and when that’s over, their social life is pretty much over as well. A lot of older homemakers did this also, never developing any hobbies outside their house & garden & families. Then when they are disabled — especially when they land up in a seniors’ home — they’re bored silly. They’re always after the children to “come visit me.” While those who can sit and work at a jigsaw puzzle, read, do hand- work or play games — without feeling guilty that they’re wasting time — have a lot better quality of life in their senior years.

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    1. Terry is a project guy, and he does keep busy during the day. He just needs to understand that when I say “no interruptions” that includes his popping his head in the door to see if I need anything 🙂


      1. Well, I have the advantage, to, of being almost deaf without my hearing aids. 🙂
        some writers say you can grab those fifteen-minute spaces and type a paragraph, but I’m with you : I need to see uninterrupted hours ahead or I don’t even start. One day as I pondered this the verse came to me, “Who hath despised the day of small things?” and I realized that was me. I have indeed.
        Sounds like you’ll have to work on your switching ability, so you can more smoothly go back and forth from page to interruption to page again. 🙂

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    1. I’d love to throw out all the negatives, but I’m too much of a realist to believe that’s possible. Besides, if it weren’t for some negatives,like my aching back, I don’t think I’d appreciate some of the positives quite so much 🙂


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