No Lollygagging (& what matters most)

Someone mentioned the end of summer, and I thought to myself, “oh shoot, I missed it!”

Summer mostly fleeted on the winds of vector shapes and web designs, book promotions and business meetings. Reading was done in snippets, online Scrabble my “fun break” (did I really just admit that?). Some spontaneous Ping Pong rallies may have saved my sanity.

Then the car brakes needed replacing, the microwave died, a window pane fell out, and there were still dishes in the sink. Just the stuff of modern life, with the sidebar of self-employment and a crappy economy.

Things happen, heat up, break down, come together. I don’t know why it all has to happen at once, but the bottom line is there’s been no lollygagging around here ~ and I often wish there were a little more of that …

But then I remember the folks whose homes were flooded beyond repair; the folks who watched Texas burn. I think of Haiti and Japan and New Orleans. I think of 9/11, and later that day we’d stood in my front yard with candles; all the neighbors joined us, some we didn’t know so well, but right then we were all one. What mattered was life. Freedom. Love. Each other.

So in between deadlines – which I need to get back to (no lollygagging now!) – I count my blessings, and send them to each of you.

Patricia Saxton

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  • s.waddell

    September 11, 2011 at 9:26 pm Reply

    so true, soooo true girl. don’t feel too bad, i missed it too and it seems that EVERYTHING goes at once here too. but you’re right, i try to think of someone else, somewhere else in the world who has it 1,000 x’s worse than the silly stuff i have going on here all the time, and it really puts a new lite on my trivial problems. lov your stuff girl!!! keep it up-me

    • saxtonstudio

      September 13, 2011 at 7:47 am Reply

      I appreciate the empathy!… and appreciation, Thanks for both!!

  • letempspasse

    September 10, 2011 at 8:10 am Reply

    I just learned a new word. To lollygag ! I used to fiddle around and relax. Now I will lollygag. Thanks for the added vocabulary !

  • Rand

    September 9, 2011 at 5:38 pm Reply

    You would think that after all this time he could let himself out so I can lollygag… phhhhft.

  • saxtonstudio

    September 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm Reply

    Isn’t it great word? I think I need to be like you, and plan it into my day … though we both need to plan it for when we’re awake! In fact, maybe I’ll go lollygag RIGHT NOW. Take that, deadlines! (Dear client, this is not during your project, of course…)

    • Rand

      September 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm Reply

      Currently lollygagging… Even though the dog wants out…

      • saxtonstudio

        September 9, 2011 at 5:36 pm

        My turn now. (to lollygag, not let the dog out, even if I could, which I can’t, since you live in a whole different country and all…)

  • Rand

    September 9, 2011 at 10:04 am Reply

    Great post. I tend to save five minutes each day for lollygagging (love that word). Admittedly sometimes it occurs when I’m sleeping but I always manage to fit it in… and you just reminded me to count my blessings too. Thanks!

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