Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A Place to Land

Photo by Joe (c)

I feel like I live in a wind tunnel. My eyes pop open every day, and I'm instantly swept up in the hurricane-force winds of To-Do Lists, my daughter's School-Piano-Volleyball-AndWhateverElse Schedule, and Other Responsibilities I have as a WifeParentFriendEmployee. I end many days exhausted, my hair a tangled mess.

My dear friend, Wendy Fields--who, lucky for me, is also my coworker--made a simple, but profound statement. Off the top of her head. Without a long period of rumination. As we talked together about workplace frustrations. She said, "We set goals to give ourselves a place to land."

A place to land. I like that.

After some consideration, I've decided my place to land doesn't have to be life-altering or memoir-worthy. Something simple will do. A goal that gives me a big red "X" on which to land before my head reaches the pillow and I check for light leaks each night. And it can be different every day.
Today, I will eat simply and take a walk.


thunder said...

I think a place to land sounds good but I don't know about a red X. It sounds like danger I think it should be green like pastures it sounds a little softer

Heather Trent Beers said...

I love your idea of a green X like a pasture. Can you see green Xs when you're in Wind Tunnel Mode? I'll have to try that. :o)

Ralph said...

I like that - a place to land.

Heather Trent Beers said...

I like it, too. Do you have a landing spot today?

Timekeeper said...

Heather, great piece. X marks the spot on my recliner around 2:30 each day. Starting around 1:00 I tend to look at my watch and wish it was nap time. I wonder if Renee would mind a red x on my chair? Oh, no need in that. I know where to land. Best

Heather Trent Beers said...

Nap time is a great place to land. Especially if it follows milk and cookies! :o)