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Spare Moments

“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rough Uncut Diamond Ring by Artifactum Design

Most days, my ambitions are impossible to ignore.  They control me, and responding to them is not a question, rather it is like a child crying, it can not be ignored.  Every spare moment I find, I feel must be used well!

I follow these ambitions, and utilize these spare moments, along with being a mother and a wife.  And because my life is made up of multiple layers, and my family is most important to me, sometimes my other roles take precedence. Mentally this can be difficult for me some days, and if we go back to the crying baby analogy, truly it is like a baby is crying, and to help her I first must run through an obstacle course full of absurd hurtles, only to fall through a trap door, finding myself back at the beginning.  Some days are like this and in those days I feel disheartened.

Other days, days like yesterday, I feel like a master juggler.  I’m able to skillfully and swiftly manage all of my daily duties, using every spare moment and never letting a ball drop.  I love these days because I get a perfect taste of all the things that are important to me, and at the end of the day there is something to show for: a nice dinner with my family, a finished sewing project, and quality time spent with my darling daughter.

And so this morning, I sit in my office, and before I get to work I wonder, will I be able to juggle it all today?!  Will I use my spare moments well?

(Note:  I’m currently preparing for a big art show, and as a result time is limited.  So today, I dug this post up from my archives, edited it some, and shared it with you again.  I hope you enjoyed it.  Won’t you please leave a comment.)

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