Sunday, October 20, 2013

Can We Be Too Busy?

"It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The questions is: What are we busy about?" (Henry David Thoreau)

I used to have that quote on my desk calendar because I think it's a great question to ask ourselves. I get busy. Lately I am often way too busy and I have to stop and think am I busy about the right things? I don't know if you are like me or not, but when my kids were young, I was always busy then too taking care of them, making sure they got to school and to their ballgames and church. I thought when they grew up that I'd have so much time. I haven't found that extra time. It seems that somehow we fill our hours or somebody fills our hours for us. I like being busy. But there are times when I think I need to slow down and enjoy the moments. 

I did some of both of that this week. I was busy, but I took time to let the grandkids who live close come spend the night. I had promised one of them that before the summer was over I'd walk with her to this creek and cliff area on my farm. She reminded me that summer was over last month, but before the winter snow started flying, we did get to take that walk. It was still warm and she did get to splash in the creek. She caught a frog. She ran down the creek like a surefooted deer. Promise kept even if it was a little later than planned. 

Then I took part in the Christian Fiction Fall Scavenger Hunt. Wow!! That has been quite an experience for me. Over 1,300 people (so far) popped in here at One Writer's Journal to read Lyn Cote's guest post about the "real McCoy." And a lot of my visiters left comments. I love getting comments from you readers and I usually try to answer each comment personally, but hundreds of comments has overwhelmed me and my blogspot memory here too. It keeps telling me I have to reload the comments. So if I haven't answered your comment, it's not because I haven't read it. I did and I appreciated each and every one of them and I love that so many of you are checking out my Facebook page. I hope you'll chime in on the conversations there in the days and weeks ahead. But I may not get every comment here answered. I will have your name in the giveaway when I have the time to double check to make sure I have all the names in my hat before I do the drawing. 

To top off my busy week, I had my Hometown Book Launch party for Christmas at Harmony Hill today at my local library. Here's some of the beautiful reading friends who came to hear me talk about writing my Shaker Christmas book. They ate my brownies too even if they were a little crumbly. 

But it's past sundown on the week now. A new week is about to start. Time to slow down and think about what's next. And that's coming up with a new story so that somewhere down the road I can get busy again and maybe take part in another Scavenger Hunt and have another one of my book parties!! 

What do you like best to be busy about?

Oh, for those of you guessing on my blog post mystery picture that I posted on Wednesday, I love your guesses. I'll reveal the rest of the picture Wednesday and let you know if you guessed right, but you have until November 1 to leave a comment on any of my blog posts other than the Scavenger Hunt one (those people have the chance to win a Shaker novel). The mystery picture comments are to perhaps win a copy of Orchard of Hope. I'm hoping I can keep all these giveaways straight. Wishing you all great luck in the many drawings in the Scavenger Hunt.


  1. That is SOME cliff & creek rock bed, Ann! Lovely to look at - but NO way I could ever get there, with MY bad knees. SO glad you are still able to do it!

    And yes - we CAN be too busy, & too busy about the WRONG things. I raised my kids alone, often while working 2 & 3 jobs at a time. Only wish I could have spent more time with them. Fortunately, since I am now retired, & live alone - I can be more creative with my time, I try, & pray, that I can encourage/bless someone EVERY day!

    I'm betting you will do just fine keeping track of the giveaways - I think that is one of the advantages of being an author, I think it has helped keep your mind alert! And - it absolutely AMAZES me, all the things authors accomplish - planning, writing, editing, researching, promoting, endorsing, contests/giveaways; to say nothing of family, church, other job, & home responsibilities! My hat goes off to you - thank you for letting God use your talent to bless, & inspire, us with, not only those wonderful books, but - your lives, as well!


    1. It was so fun meeting you at my book party. I appreciate your kind words. I'm like you. I've always wanted to be an encourager.

  2. I love this post, Ann! As a mother of three young children, I am indeed busy, but it is all too easy to get caught up in the wrong things. While there is always plenty to be done, I know this time I have is precious and I want to enjoy every minute!

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    1. Those years with you young children are wonderful, Britney. But it is easy to get too busy and pulled down into the mundane duties of every day. I'm sure you take time for joy!


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