My life has slowed down, if that makes any sense - or more accurately, I think I have slowed down in my life - am more present and more aware of each moment. There is less of "just getting through the day" and more of wanting to get everything out of a day - and not in some harried way.
It occurred to me that I need to concentrate more on doing the things I like versus the things that are merely a distraction. Distraction #1? The internet. Can I wile away hours looking for the edge of the internet? Yes - does it bring me actual pleasure? Other than catching up with "my people" (that means you), there really isn't much for me there unless I'm on a fact finding mission.
And because I'm so, so, so committed to distraction as a lifestyle, I really don't know how to be at home, alone and do what I love. I'm working on reading again - now that was a big pleasure for me, but as I've lamented many times, my ability to do so has waned. But lately, I'm reading more and more - several books in the last few weeks. I used to be an avid mystery reader, but lately, that doesn't appeal to me much. I just read Tropper's One Last Thing Before I Go and loved it.
I'm also finding pleasure in buying just a small bunch of simple flowers (about $4.00) each week from the grocery store and creating an arrangement for my bedside table. I get the pleasure of creating and the pleasure of seeing/reliving the outcome every time I walk into my room.
I am rocking on with my bad self. I'm meditated, decaffeinated and low-carbed. I've been doing two a days when I can - not really hard workouts - those start next week, but what I lack in intensity, I make up in longevity.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Pleasure or Distraction? You Decide.