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Posted by on March 31, 2014
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Never a dull moment here!

  “I’m in a hurry to get things done
 Oh I rush and rush until life’s no fun
 All I really gotta do is live and die
 But I’m in a hurry and don’t know why.”

The other day I snapped at my kids. Again. I don’t remember why, but I was in a hurry. I wasn’t late. I didn’t have to be anywhere except to be present. But I was rushing, pushing, trying to get life on my timetable. I’m impatient. There I said it. I’ve got all these exciting adventures to share with you, all these characters begging for their story to be told. If the kids aren’t in bed at certain time, I don’t get my writing time. Not to mention they are sleepy the next morning. 



This is my life.

Last week I shared about the need to take a break. While we are chasing our dreams and making sacrifices, we can’t forget the long term. Sure, we can push ourselves until we drop, get sick, ruin friendships, burnout or burn bridges. Then we won’t even get to enjoy the dream once we are living it. So I’m forcing myself to slow down. Life goes fast enough without me urging it on. I mean, am I really rushing to die? No. Well, at least not anymore! Somewhere along the way I’ve forgotten that I am living my dream. By just being able to pursue it, I am living life balanced between reality and dreams. And boy, do we have bigger ones abrewing!

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I want to live like this!

So why am I rushing? Life is in the now, not yesterday or tomorrow. So here’s to a new day and a new week! I’m going to take time to play tickle kiss with the kids, take them to the park, watch How To Train a Dragon with my daughter, maybe catch a few episodes of Doctor Who with the hubby, and not be so single-minded like a horse with blinders on. And when it’s time to work, work. Write when it is time to write and play when it is time to play…you get the idea.

So what say you? Are you rushing until life’s no fun? Or are you taking time to smell the roses?




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You know I couldn’t close without sharing this song with y’all. Have a great week!


6 Responses to Rushing

  1. Jenelle

    Awww, I love Alabama! Nice to know others out there like them, too. 🙂

    Excellent post and reminder. I’ve been feeling a lot like that lately too, probably because I haven’t had a lot of time or energy to write or edit what with morning sickness, a slew of various plagues (mostly colds, but we got hit with a stomach bug yesterday) swooping through our house, and just life in general.

    But this time with my family is so fleeting, and it is good to be reminded of that – to take the time to slow down and just live in the present.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Morning sickness!! Does that mean you’re expecting???

      I hope y’all get to feeling better soon! Sickness is no fun, especially with little ones. I need to keep reminding myself because it doesn’t take long for me to get off track and when I get off track everything falls apart. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. netraptor001

    I do that, too, and I get really snippy when the house is messy. I know how it is about hurrying the kids to bed so you can write! Writing on my iPod has made that so much easier, because I can scribble down paragraphs while I’m nursing the baby or something.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      I hear ya! Do you ever feel that you’re brain is being torn in two? Because I am having a hard time switching between mama brain and writer brain and everything else that comes between. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. L. E. Carmichael


    I’ve come to the same conclusion. I need to stop feeling guilting about taking time to slow down. It’s not necessary to be productive EVERY SINGLE SECOND, despite what my brain would have me believe.

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