The Importance of Living

Have you ever seen the film where some guy used a magical remote control to speed up his life? What a stupid thing to do. I would slow down my time. There are so many things I need to do in a day (laundry, dishes, cleaning) they take time away from what I want to do (spend time with my kids, writing, gardening, walking the dog). I am sure everybody knows this feeling, not just other writers.

The funny thing is that when I do have time on my hands, I often end up procrastinating. I read my favorite online-comics or dive into my TBR pile. I sit in the garden and enjoy the sun instead of doing something sensible (in Germany it’s of utter importance to do something sensible).

Just recently, I realized that reading and lounging in the sun are productive after all. How am I supposed to know what readers like if I don’t read? How am I supposed to write believable reactions for characters (bodily and mental) if I cut myself off of experiences. Life is so much more than work.

The few minutes my kids want to hug me are more important then a sparkling house to me. The cup of coffee my hubby and I enjoy in peace is more valuable than time spent uprooting brambles in my garden.

Be relieved all you writers and other procrastinators out there. You don’t have to be productive 24hrs a day, 365 days a year. Take a look at your priorities and live a fulfilled life by savoring every moment of it (including lazing around).


About Cat-Gerlach

I am an author and a triple mum. I am living in Northern Germany with my family and my dog.

Posted on August 22, 2011, in misc. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Giving permission to procrastinate. I love it! Doing “stuff” is important too. However, now I’ll stop procrastinating and get back to writing–for a while.

  2. You have to find the right balance.

  3. Life is not only about “being productive” but includes relaxation.

    • You are so right. Also, for creative producers like musicians, authors, sculptors, painters etc., there is no productivity without living a life. It’s impossible to depict something you don’t experience. In that sense, relaxation is productive.

  4. I kept this article in mind and saw it again on review today. A colleague of mine from work has a tag-line in his signature that I think sums the importance of this very well. It’s from “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”, which I hadn’t read, but what a great quote.

    “Stuckness shouldn’t be avoided. It’s the psychic predecessor of all real understanding. An egoless acceptance of stuckness is a key to an understanding of all Quality, in mechanical work as in other endeavors.”

    So in other words, it’s not always that we’re being lazy. We’re often on the edge of something…

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