No, I haven’t just returned from a thirteen-month journey across Middle Earth in a quest to destroy the One Ring. (Though I did watch the extended trilogy all the way through twice.) I have been gone for two weeks due to a nasty virus that landed me in the hospital briefly. In today’s fast-paced world though, those two weeks have left me feeling like I exited the slipstream and parked in a black hole. Can I just jump back in?
Under normal circumstances, maybe, but I’ve been wiped out. My current concerns involve becoming self-sufficient again, like cooking my own meals, and cleaning up the pharmacy that has accumulated on my kitchen table. I’m back to basics.
Every once in a while we all talk of getting back to the basics, of simplifying our busy lives. Some of us are good at taking the needed steps; others not so much. We cut back one activity only to have it replaced with something else. I would guess that for many of us, cutting back is difficult because we’re afraid of disappointing others. We take on projects and tasks, and though some may start off as “for ourselves,” we soon find we’re serving others. That isn’t a bad thing. It’s wonderful to be part of a community, to support other people, to be involved. When I started blogging, it was for my author platform. And while that function remains true to an extent, blogging has become so much more. It’s become a community. I love reading other blogs, commenting, retweeting, and supporting you all. So the idea of cutting back on that makes me squeamish.
Yet, the last two weeks have already done it for me. I need to get back into this slowly. So I’m reducing my blog posts to Wednesdays and Saturday book reviews. I might get back to three times a week someday, but I’m making no strict demands of myself at this point.
Thank you all for your well wishes while I was gone. I am doing better, but not great. Some days show improvement, others have small relapses. It’s honestly been frustrating, not being able to live up to responsibilities, to follow through on commitments. I know I get some slack. I know you all support me. I’m grateful for all your friendships. 🙂