The end of the year approaches and my posts have been much less frequent than I had intended. Several readers have attempted to encourage me to write more, for which I am very grateful. I'm not going to apologize, but I will offer a sort of explanation. I could claim factually that I've been very busy seeking more sources of income, and even that the few jobs that I did find occupied quite a lot of my time. Factually is not necessarily the same as truthfully, however, and it would be more truthful to say that I have merely been insufficiently motivated: priorities shifted over this past year.
Many of my friends have heard me say that life is all about desires and priorities. You have more or less desires of various kinds and go about your life shuffling the priorities you attach to each, and--with luck and whatever skill you can muster--acting to fulfill them accordingly. The tricky part, of course, is that the time and effort required for each is rarely a good match for its place in the hierarchy. Too often, the lower-priority desires take less time and effort than the higher-priority ones. This entails a risk of devoting one's life to fulfilling one's desires in reverse priority order, and in the worst case scenario running out of time altogether before ever getting to the ones highest on the list.
Attempting to entertain my readers and informing them of what I've been thinking about is relatively easy and consumes little time. That's true of many other items on my list of desires...particularly the ones of relatively lower priority. In an ideal world, I could set in motion whatever is necessary to achieve the really important, time-consuming ones, use spare/free/dead time to accomplish some of the ones lower on the list and easier to accomplish, and have them all done, like a holiday dinner prepared by an accomplished chef, at the same target time.
I've been concentrating on basting the turkey, so to speak, to the detriment of preparing the dessert. So, to those who have been asking for more posts: I'll try to improve my time management and efficiency next year.
I'm an unrepentant carnivore, but I, too, appreciate a good dessert now and then.
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