The things I could do

June 20, 2011 at 1:26 pm Leave a comment

As I wrote the title, it occurred to me that it could be a title for a Dr. Seuss book! That fits my mood. Have you ever had a day or two off, and then when it was over suddenly realized what you could have done — instead of “wasting” it? I have.

Well, I’m on vacation for a week. It started Thursday night, but since I was at a seminar all day Friday, and at another one Saturday and Sunday, it really only feels like vacation since last night.

I have two goals for this vacation week: rejuvenation and to get started on the thesis for the CE program I’m in. That’s it. Last night I watched two movies on TV: “Sense and Sensibility” and “Gilbert Grape”. In my youth I read most of Jane Austen’s books. I enjoyed both films very much, and thoughts of integrity, honesty, responsibility and clarity danced in my head until I fell asleep. The two latter terms were not new: They cropped up during meditation at the tibetan Monastery last week and have implanted themselves in my thoughts — for now.

Today I slept until noon, sat out on the sunny balcony and had some breakfast, read for a while, and wrote in my journal. Heavenly! Especially because the rose bush has several buds in various stages of blossoming. A couple of them are opening and the scent is intoxicating! Even since I got up, they have opened more.

As I sat there, it occurred to me that I could write a list of possibilities. No, not a “To Do” List — just possibilities. In case at some point I happen to be in the mood, I have suggestions at hand. Nothing dramatic — maybe buy some new shoelaces for the shoes I haven’t worn for the past 8 months, since once of the laces broke. Just puttering kind of stuff.

Like I said, rejuvenation is at the top of the list. So anything else I do will add to my happiness of being able to watch the roses develop this week, but if I accomplish nothing else, I won’t be disappointed. This vacation is simply about being.

Oh, the thesis? My expectations are realistic. If I get an outline written, that will be fine. Anything beyond that is great! See, sometimes it helps to have lower expectations of yourself! Especially on vacation! I’m free to do what I want!

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