Lessons in Leisure

Lessons in Leisure

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

It’s Day 10. I’ve been writing faithfully as part of my Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project. It’s Tuesday night – hence Fixer Upper is on in the background. As I’ve mentioned, making blogging fit my life instead of the other way around is working for me. Rather than wrack my brain for a topic, I’m letting daily interactions and snippets of real life guide me.

We live in a world where we are in such a hurry! From the moment the alarm clock or the alarm on our phones go off, we’re racing to get out the door and/or to get others out. Driving at breakneck speeds just to keep up with the flow of  traffic is dangerous no matter the road conditions, but sometimes feels more safe than adhering to the speed limit. When a little inclement weather like rain gets added to the mix, it’s a recipe for disaster. And that’s not even factoring in commuters who  have their eyes on their phones, not the road!

Today, because I left home a few minutes early, I just missed being caught in what the media has described as a traffic nightmare along my commute route. A semi carrying computers crashed into the median and the walls of the truck literally blew apart. Computers were thrown across all four lanes on the northbound side and even flew into the right side. I saw the cab twisted into an unrecognizable jumble and the corrugated metal walls lying flat on the highway. I haven’t been able to shake this startling image all day. Thankfully, the driver only sustained minor injuries and no one else was hurt. Snow plows had to be brought in to clean up the mess. The highway was shut down to one lane of traffic for – wait for it – seven hours!

What does one do for that long while stuck in traffic? I’ve been stuck for three and a half hours going southbound on that same highway, only to go about two miles. I spent it on the phone catching up with more than one friend. When my phone died, I jammed to my alternative Christian radio station. And I observed the man in the car in front of me. I thought the poor guy was going to lose it every time another car cut in front of him. I watched him pound the wheel, pull at his own hair, and give people the finger. It was a relief that I couldn’t hear the choice words I could see him mouthing in his review mirror. Either that gentleman had something really important that he was missing or he just hadn’t mastered being at leisure.

I’m  pretty good at finding things to occupy my leisure time. My favorite are reading fiction and decorating magazines, or my newest interest: Artful Blogging. If I really don’t want to engage my mind and just want to veg, I’ll watch HGTV, a chick flick or a PBS drama like Downtown Abbey or Victoria. As much as I’ve got a good handle on dialing things back, one of my fur babies, Peppa Loveday, could give lessons on leisure! She’s mastered the art of leisure.

Hope you’ll learn from Peppa’s Pink Collar Savvy & Chic lesson on leisure. I sure do intend to practice good self care and to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose, which sometimes means – at leisure.

Loveday is Pink Collar Savvy & Chic –

At leisure on Simply Shabby Chic rumpled, sumptous bedding.

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