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Being lethargic or daydreaming?
9/3/2006 8:50:27 PM    [ Flag as Spam or Inappropriate ]

When life's stresses become too heavy to bear, kicking back becomes a necessity.


Is there a difference between being lethargic and daydreaming? Personally, I think there really is. Feeling a little under the weather can lead to lethargy, that's for sure. You don't care much about anything, becoming apathetic or even depressed.

But when life's stresses become too heavy to bear, kicking back becomes a necessity. A little daydreaming about what was, what is, and what may yet be can relax a person physically and mentally, loosening both the ties that bind so tightly and the creative flow. If we don't spend all day doing it and are safely anchored in one place, daydreaming is healing. Please don't write and scold me for encouraging people to daydream when they should be looking out for their own safety and that of others. That's not what I mean at all!

When we think about what was, we realize how far we have come, and too often, it hasn't been in the direction we had hoped for, let alone planned. Here it is, Labor Day weekend 2006. What have I accomplished this year? A writer needs plans as well as dreams, action as well as thoughts.

Why haven't we accomplished as much as we wanted? It's because of all those maintenance chores of life that entwine us, leaving little room for musings. It's because of all those family responsibilities that let us know where our values should be centered. It's because of all those work conflicts that frustrate our creativity because our ideas are not wanted. (What's wanted is blind obedience to those who have ephemeral authority over us.)

It's because of living life, without which we would have nothing to write about, not even a fantasy or science fiction novel set in another time and universe.

My husband found a great sweatshirt for me the other day in a favorite catalog. It says "Careful. You may end up in my novel." Before I order that or a T-shirt, I have to decide where I'm going to wear it, that is, after our summer-long scorcher of a heatwave goes away. Do I want to play it safe? Do I want to make everyone I know extremely nervous, even threatening to sue me? The angel on one shoulder and the imp on the other are duking it out right now.


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More Blogs by Shirley Ann Parker
• Welcoming 2012 - Tuesday, January 03, 2012
• One down and two to go - Thursday, November 24, 2011
• Cannot believe the holidays are upon us - Friday, November 11, 2011
• Plumbing Nightmares - Monday, September 26, 2011
• This month it's been marketing - Saturday, August 13, 2011
• Venturing further into e-books - Sunday, July 24, 2011
• And the foreclosures continue - Saturday, July 02, 2011
• A Satisfying Genealogy Conference - Tuesday, June 21, 2011
• Between the Spaces of A Writer's Life - Saturday, June 04, 2011
• Time to Move Forward - Friday, December 10, 2010
• I have lost an entire year but... - Friday, December 10, 2010
• Now here's a situation for you! - Tuesday, April 14, 2009
• Patricia Highsmith Understood - Saturday, July 05, 2008
• This isn't the life I ordered - Sunday, March 02, 2008
• California Wildfires - Saturday, November 10, 2007
• Life as it is lived - Friday, October 05, 2007
• Are you a Notary Public? - Monday, June 04, 2007
• Time is flying by...much too fast! - Sunday, May 20, 2007
• Reminder! The Ballad of Billy Lee - Saturday, December 02, 2006
• To My Reviewers - Friday, November 24, 2006
• The Ballad of Billy Lee - save the date! - Monday, October 09, 2006
•  Being lethargic or daydreaming? - Sunday, September 03, 2006  
• A Lone Voice Can Make a Difference - Monday, August 14, 2006
• To report or to comment - Thursday, May 25, 2006
• Mallards at a business park? - Sunday, April 30, 2006
• Mobile Home Alert! - Tuesday, April 11, 2006
• Heard about Book Millionaire? - Thursday, April 06, 2006
• Well, the results are in.... - Monday, March 13, 2006
• Pins and Needles Time - Monday, February 20, 2006
• A Little Disappointed with the Writers' Conference - Tuesday, February 07, 2006
• A Dream Scrambling to Survive - Sunday, January 15, 2006
• An After-Christmas Sale - Sunday, January 08, 2006
• Happy New Year! - Saturday, December 31, 2005
• It's Over for Another Year - Monday, December 26, 2005
• What Do We Write in December? - Sunday, December 18, 2005


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