THE WISDOM TO BE FOUND IN EATING AN ICE CREAM CONE
I stood staring at my not inconsiderate pile of “to be read” books. I needed something light. Preferably with a little mystery. A twist in the tail. And set somewhere in the British Isles.
I just finished a mystery which left me with a “meh” feeling.
A delightful protagonist. Life seen through the eyes of a smart aleck eleven-year-old can be downright funny. As are her powers of observation.
And a clever plot.
But all of it built around a subject that left me cold. Pages upon pages of description. Which I promptly skipped. My own fault. I should’ve read the blurb before buying the book but in my defense, I didn’t expect a treatise on said subject!
But back to my bookshelf. There were 20 books to choose from.
And that truth or dare moment leapt out.
When last did I read a book for the sheer enjoyment of being able to read?
Not with a critical mindset;
Not skipping narrative (well, not much);
Not rushing to see what’s going to happen next;
No, just reading. Savoring each word. Taking my time.
I find the same with knitting. Instead of enjoying each stitch being formed, I rush. I want to see the pattern taking shape; I want to see the article taking shape.
Why can’t I just knit for the sheer enjoyment of knitting?
As for quilting. Same thing. Why not enjoy the feel of the needle sliding through the fabric? Delighting in each tiny stitch I master?
Why can’t I sip my coffee, enjoying each delicious mouthful? Why do I rush, then want another cup and it never tastes as good as the first one?
Even in the garden. Why can’t I go out there for a couple of hours at a time and enjoy what I do?
No, I go out all morning, exhaust myself, collapse and am unable to do anything the next day.
Now, for reasons only known to the Goddess of Ice Cream –
I don’t gobble down an ice cream cone. Oh no, I savor it. Lick this side, lick that side, catch the dribbles. If I have two scoops, I take my time getting to that second flavor. Anticipating.
Why then can’t I approach everything else in life like I do an ice cream cone?
Cyber Hugs and Blessings All. Go get an ice cream.