|A Stanley Marsh 3 road sign pretty well sums up|
my view of the way time is passing.
It’s not that I don’t want to write something or that I don’t have things to write about; I do. It’s just that I’ve been busy with some things and lazy about other things.
William Barrett wrote in his landmark study of Existential philosophy, Irrational Man, that “we know one thing at the cost of not knowing another.” I concur. But I would add to this that we could replace the words “know” and “knowing” with several other concepts and it would still be true.
We do one thing at the cost of not doing another.
We esteem one thing at the cost of not esteeming another.
We love one thing at the cost of not loving another.
This truth has been acutely evident in my life lately. I have played in softball tournaments at the cost of not having Saturday’s in the garden. I have spent lunch hours running to the Post Office to mail off eBay sales at the cost of not snapping garden photos. I have spent those extra two minutes here and there playing Words with Friends at the cost of not taking the food scraps out to the compost bin. I have been reading "A Year of Wonders" and "The Monsters and the Critics" instead of "Fine Gardening" and "Horticulture."
How people spend their time and their money is the most visible barometer of what matters to them. And lately, I have to say that I’m not feeling all that great about how I’ve been spending my time and I'm ready to get back to what feels right to me. But first I have some commitments this weekend. I will help a friend bring home some bookshelves (the curse of owning a truck), I will celebrate a wedding and I will attend a meeting. These are good things, of course, but they take time.
So I am also going to take a day off and make it a 3-day weekend. And I plan on using at least some of that extra time to do one thing (gardening) at the cost of not doing several other things.
And I can hardly wait.