December 27, 2011

It was only glitter

I think I forgot how to sleep. I lie in bed and it's all awkward and I don't know where to put my arms.

I need to pick through Ivy's hair again. She sits on the bathroom stool while I bend and spray Argan oil and comb with the sharp silver teeth. My stomach dropped when I thought I found another bug but it was only glitter, because that's Ivy. And I laughed, shaky with relief.

The new direction that I mentioned for the coming year is to focus on only taking work that fits into my interests and life as a wife, mom, and homemaker -- not the other way around. I plan on setting days when I'll tuck my laptop beneath the couch and instead will simply do something else productive and fulfilling, offline.

During a recent daydreaming session I worried that people don't stare out windows anymore. How do we imagine bigger things if we aren't looking at the sky? We look down at a screen and just take other people's dreams and goals and try to pass them off as our own. Have we become too lazy to even dream our own dreams?

I still daydream, today at the snow, and sometimes I wait for the uncomfortable to get me to finally bend but I do, I bow, and stretch, and comb this life out.

22 comments:

  1. Oh, love the comb metaphor. Gorgeous

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  2. The other day my four year old said..."Can we play...and no phone and no computer...!" Ouch!!! Dreaming my own dreams over here, too!!

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  3. sorry to hear that your little one got lice! You're so right...it's so nice to daydream!

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  4. Glitter is almost as bad as lice. Almost.

    I daydream too much. That's my problem, more often than trying to be productive. We should share our abilities. Combining forces for the good of all, and such...

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  5. I've often thought the same thing. I have allowed so much coming at me online, facebook, blogs, etc. that I forget what is unique about me. Do I really want other people to dictate what is interesting and worth thinking about? There is such a peace when I let God filter my thoughts and just have quiet time with Him. May you be blessed in your goals in the coming year. You will surely reap more than you can imagine!

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  6. I am tucking my laptop under my bed this week. As soon as I finish leaving you this comment.

    xx-Z

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  7. *love* "During a recent daydreaming session I worried that people don't stare out windows anymore. How do we imagine bigger things if we aren't looking at the sky? We look down at a screen and just take other people's dreams and goals and try to pass them off as our own. Have we become too lazy to even dream our own dreams?" Agreed.

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  8. Thank you for reminding me to dream my own dreams.

    Big ones...maybe even huge difficult knotty ones that I'll need to comb out.

    xoxox

    :-)

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  9. I just understand every word of this. I do.

    I wonder if I'm dreaming my own dream right this very minute or it's the dream I think I'm supposed to have.

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  10. My husband once looked at me and said he knows he is the father of little girls because he often finds glitter in his hair. I think glitter and girls just go hand in hand!

    Thanks for the blog visit :)

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  11. Thank you for this post...what a beautiful reminder...and I am so sorry about the lice. Well, and the glitter. ;)

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  12. you couldn't have said this better. i've actually been tucking away the computer too and sharing those moments with family. children. myself.

    in this online world i see dreams shared, taken and borrowed all the time. it's important to focus on your dream and not others. this is beautiful. hope you had a wonderful christmas.

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  13. This is truly inspiring for me; thank you, I needed these words today to help me to remember my own dreams.

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  14. Beautiful post! I'm amazed at your insight into everyday life! Thank you!

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  15. Such pretty words.......I could sit at the window all day long....shall we?

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  16. I could certainly people watch and look out windows all day. Especially the window of a moving train or a bus, on my way to somewhere awesome... :)

    Glad it was just glitter.

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  17. I hear you! I've been spending more time offline too...especially reading. BOOKS. It's so nice to read a book, curled up under a blanket.

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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  18. I am so incredibly GLAD that it was glitter!
    When I'm online, all I can think about is being offline. When I'm offline, all I think about all I need to try to figure out online!

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  19. I need to stare out my window. Not because I'm too lazy to daydream but more because the screen and the dishes always convince me that I'm too busy for making dreams come true. Not so.

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