Peace (and quiet) on Earth

This is the final surge, the sprint to the finish, the storm before the calm.

I don’t mean to get too dramatic about college. It is, for most of us, just a slight blip on the span of our life. That is all the more reason to keep it in its place.

It is so easy for me to obsess over things. When it comes to school, I crave having that one more assignment. Even though I’m busy, sometimes it’s easier to be busy than it is to sit around, and as I talked about in my last post, I threw more work onto what I knew would be a crazy month. (Word count: 37,272).

Over this past week though, like most of the people in this country, I spent some time with family and friends. I didn’t work on my novel at all, even though I knew that would put me behind schedule. Instead, I took time to talk with people. I learned some things about family members I’d never known before. One of the men I talked to used to run a successful music business a few decades ago. My grandmother talked about her time in college, which was much more entertaining than I thought it would be, and my wife’s grandmother had us all in stitches when she remembered something from her youth that made her laugh so hard she “tinkled herself.”

Most importantly, or I feel this is the most important bit anyway, I put down my technologies, my comforts that I had built around me for the last several years of my life and I took time to figure out what was going on in the lives of people around me. That is something that no tweet or text or personal accomplishment can ever or will ever replace.

This is not to encourage everyone to put off studying and end-of-term papers and other things that need to get done. Those things are still very important.

They’re just not the most important.


Did anyone else learn something you didn’t know about someone in your family last week?


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