june bug

I use a birds-tweeting sound on my phone as an alarm clock, and this morning, twice, the robins outside sang me awake well before the time it was set to go off. Both times, I tried to press the snooze button and both times, it made me laugh.

I’m learning to laugh at myself more often these days.

On Thursday, I left to go to the grocery store while my husband was mowing the lawn, and locked him out of the house.

I am lacking focus. Or concentration. Or both.

I am trying too accomplish too much in too little time, and the older I get, the harder it is to juggle. I used to be better at keeping all those balls in the air, spinning and dancing and turning around to catch each one at just the right time. These days, every so often, I miss completely and drop one.

What you learn, as you get older, is that you have to adjust. You have to slow down a little. You have to let your body and your brain rest sometimes. You have to, as they say, stop to smell the flowers.

It’s a new month, my favorite month, really, and I think I need to carve out some time to just sit with the sun and a book and nothing else. There is still so much to do, still so much to accomplish, but the hummingbirds have come home, the butterflies have arrived, and the robins will tell me when to get out of bed.

And when it comes right down to it, that’s all I need.

9 Responses to “june bug”

  • K.Young Says:

    This is a beautifully written soliloquy and I miss coming here. I’ve been absent and trying to catch up on places and people I miss and love. I feel the way you do although I’m a little older and have been feeling it awhile. I’m glad you recognize the fact that you just can’t do what you used to be able to do. Slow down, because although there is much to get done, it’s more important to slow down. And now to heed my own advice.

  • sarah Says:

    I’m in a hurry this morning, lol – so much I want to say about this post but I don’t have time!! 😉

  • Maery Rose Says:

    I love the view of purple flowers through the haze. So surreal and a good image for how my brain feels sometimes. I have a weekend scheduled to the hilt. One of the balls being dropped is cleaning the house. I don’t think we should have to do that during the summer. Maybe on a rainy day, but then I’d rather curl up with a book.

  • Kathryn Dyche Dechairo Says:

    I love that you have birdsong to wake up to. If I put that on my phone I’d be really confused given that the birds wake me up most mornings.
    I hear you about the juggling act . . . I’ve missed quite a few of those balls recently.

  • brian miller Says:

    sometimes you just have to listen…and you know what you need…and the world wont stop spinning because you slow down and take care of you…just saying…only cause i have to as well at times…smiles.

  • beth Says:

    those balls and keeping them all balanced….i so know the dropping of a few here and there…..xo

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  • Cathy Says:

    Kelly, this spoke to my heart this morning. thank you for the reminder. and my phone tweets too.

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