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Life’s Interruptions



Wow! I had every intention of writing my post last Monday at the hospital while my husband underwent eye surgery, or at least when we returned home.

If you noticed, that didn’t happen. Sometimes life just interrupts.

What was supposed to be a short 15 minute surgery turned into a surgery that lasted a little over an hour. I had thought we would leave Vanderbilt by noon (at the latest 1:00). Ah, no. We didn’t leave Nashville until almost 4:00 pm, and that was after they gave my husband a pain killer in his IV tube. It was good that he slept the entire drive home, but he was groggy most of the night. He had to sleep either on his stomach on the bed or somehow where his head would face the floor. He slept in his recliner, un-reclined, with his head toward his lap, but he was so groggy from the pain meds that I “slept” on the couch in case he needed something.

Then, back to Nashville on Tuesday for a post-op appointment and two more nights of sleeping face down.

He was exhausted; I was exhausted.

And added to the tumult? We have workers re-siding our house. The pounding and the sawing is relentless, and the pacing of the dogs adds to the confusion.



A while ago, I would have considered the events of last week a set back. It would have frustrated me – even angered me.

But hey, life’s too short.

I’ve decided to look at it as unscheduled “vacation time.”

It’s not that I didn’t do anything related to writing, but that I didn’t do what I wanted to do with my writing.

I like to Monday as the beginning of my week, but that can’t always be. It took until Thursday to get back to my writing studio. When I did, I welcomed it. I think it was because I hadn’t let the time away from my desk get the best of me. Looking at is as if it was “vacation time” helped my perspective.

It’s all how you think about things.

When life hands you set backs in time or ability to write, how do you react? How do you feel when life interrupts you plans to write for a day, a week, or even a month?



Have you ever looked at life’s interruption as “vacation time”? If so, how has it helped your writing?

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