Friday, June 10, 2011
Lessons from Herons . . .
Me, on the other hand . . .
Whew! This week has been so busy, trying to get my book orders in for next term (which, means sorting through, reading snitches of, e-mailing colleagues for recommendations, etc., etc.,); weeding and pruning in the garden, exasperated with its jungle-y state; running myself back into a routine (3 8k runs this week, my long run still ahead -- they take time, you know?); a bit of shopping; a stack of reading -- new prep for the fall term; all the usual suspects, housework-wise; two dinners with friends -- one a casual, impromptu event evolving from a glass of wine in the backyard to a 3-hours-later culmination in Pater's flambéed bananas, the other dinner out with a GF/colleague, both v. enjoyable, but also big time-chompers.
Today I'm packing up for Vancouver where I'm thrilled to be included in tomorrow's Bachelorette activities for my daughter the soon-to-be bride. I can't share yet, as the planned activities are to be a surprise for Megan, but it's going to be serious fun. . . there will be photos, I promise.
And I'm fretting. Fretting. And fretting some more. All the work I have to get done. My impatience with my procrastinating self or, more properly, my self who has other things to do besides work-oriented work, my self who knows life only comes by the one time. Balance, always striving for balance. My Heron model out there on the shore is a marvel on one leg, having the balance thing down pat. Of course, had I only to look after food, I could probably manage.
Still, just looking at the photo reminds me, slows me down, encourages me to breathe deeply.
Until I think of driving off the ferry this afternoon, across the Lions Gate Bridge, and right into the downtown where those fans who aren't lucky enough to have seats at the game will be crowded around the screens at one of several large squares. Apparently, Georgia Street will be shut down completely. I'm thinking it's a perfect time to practice my heron skills. I'll bring along a CD or two and work on my patience, moving along at whatever pace the traffic allows. Hope you can start your weekend off gently as well. Any plans?