It’s Monday, but I’ve been back to work for quite a few days now. Oh, how I miss the week I was able to take off! In a way, it’s too bad we had to have Christmas and New Years Eve/Day in there, because of course there were Things To Be Done because of the holidays and not as many true “days to myself” as I would have liked.
It’s been a challenge making time for my goals now that I’m in the midst of meeting a deadline. I have several deadlines this month, but thankfully they’re not overlapping as they sometimes can be. No, they come one after another, which can lead to another kind of stress. When one ends, I usually have to immediately start work on the next. I’m one who likes to have a breather in between tasks, so when I end up doing this for too long, I get stressed. Hopefully making the time for my goals, which are all mostly fun things, will give me the balance I need.
So, this morning instead of plunging straight into work, I indulged in my morning routine of reading my Flipboard on my phone. There were several Brainpickings articles there, and this one, on 15 Resolutions for 2015 from Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds reminded me of something.
I’ve been wanting to read Thoreau for a long time now. Every now and then I come across one of those insightful quote pictures, with a Thoreau quote on it that reminds me to stop and think and be present. I’m not by any means someone who loves to be out in nature – I’m more like, “love looking at all the green stuff but from some comfy place inside away from the bugs, please”. But there’s something about the bits and pieces of Thoreau’s writings I’ve glimpsed over the years that makes me want to just sit and absorb his words.
I made this quote image the other day to go with one of my 2015 goals posts, but I ended up not using it in my post (it seemed more suited to a master list of 2015 goals, which I may or may not write, since I’ve probably already bored everyone with all the different goals lists I’ve already posted).
I kind of love that when I found the quote and made this picture, I wasn’t even thinking, “Oh, I should read Thoreau” and now that I’m thinking, “Oh, I should read Thoreau”, there it is, waiting for me to use in this post. Of course, it would have been better if it was a quote about being outside and present, since that was what I was just writing about, but I’m on deadline so it will have to do for now.
I have a couple of books by Thoreau, and I am committing to dipping into them throughout the new year. It strikes me that Thoreau’s writings are like that – in-the-moment sentences and paragraphs that work just as well read bit by bit as they do all in one whole swallow.
And I think I’d like to get a copy of Walking, too. I’ve been working hard on my hip abductor muscles recently – I am still restricted from walking as exercise until I can get them moving the way they’re supposed to. But once they’re back into the habit of doing what they do best, I intend to do a lot of walking, because I really miss it. (Now that I think about it, it will probably be worthwhile checking to see if there are any good audio versions of Thoreau’s works.) Anyway, Walking sounds like another good one to have with me this year.
Have you read Thoreau? If not, is he on your to-read or “sometime soon” list?