One morning this week on my way to work I got stuck behind a logging truck. Traffic was bad so I couldn’t pass and the truck seemed determined to find out how slow it could go before the trees stacked in the back would re-grow roots. I clenched the steering wheel and kept darting glances in the rear view mirror to see if traffic would break and I could get around. I was grinding down a few valuable millimeters of tooth enamel when suddenly it occurred to me- I was rushing to get to work. Heck, it wasn’t like I was rushing to get someplace good. It was work. As soon as I got to the office I would be wishing I was out, so why the hurry to get there? I took a deep breath, turned up the radio and decided to enjoy the ride. There’s nothing like singing Abba tunes at the top of your lungs to pick up an otherwise boring morning.
Jennifer posted this week about rushing to the end. I have a tendency to do that and not just with my writing. Too often I’m in a huge hurry to cross the next item off my to-do list. I get so busy with the idea of finishing I forget to enjoy the process of getting there. I convince myself that the next project (whatever it might be) will certainly be more interesting than the project I’m on right now. I suspect this is due to a number of things, not the least that I can tell myself that I won’t screw up the new project.
One of my goals is to learn to start enjoying the ride and not just the destination. As opposed to my usual beating my head on the desk trying to figure out how my current magna opus is going to end, I’m going to enjoy writing it and seeing how the characters grow and change. I’m going to start spending less time at the office and more time singing Abba in the car. In the end, I think it is the simple things we enjoy most, warm snuggly dogs, a hug at the end of a long day, a phone call from a good friend and cookies right out of the oven. Instead of spreading the joy out between major events, I think it’s time we started finding it in the everyday.
What is one simple thing you enjoy?