Editing is the process of selecting and preparing media used to convey information through the processes of correction, condensation, organization, and other modifications performed with an intention of producing a correct, consistent, accurate, and complete work. (Wikipedia - groan)One of the things I have learned to do better over the last 16 months is edit. Writing a blog is a balance between sharing and over-sharing....it's a fine balance and as a classic over-sharer I am often challenged to edit the blog back to a more manageable share load. Some of you may think I still have a lot to learn so be comforted that I am working on it!!
I have had this thought in my head these last few crazy busy weeks and facing a couple more crazy ones ahead....that when life gets busy I tend to edit......my life. I look for the extraneous meetings, commitments, tasks, errands, phone calls and I either edit them out completely or at least edit them to a point that my life doesn't seem so busy, so overwhelming.
I think it is telling what I edit first.
No scrap booking, no photo trips, no river drives, no calorie counting, no Jazzercise, no dinners with friends.
I know I am the Editor and I choose what to edit.
I also know that editing these things is stupid.
I thought I had learned my lesson when I sat in my therapists office a few years ago and he asked "What do you do to fill you up, what gives you pleasure, what things do you do just for you?" I remember my initial confusion at the questions..."What kind of therapy mumbo jumbo is this?" and then the slow awakening, followed quickly by the embarrassment and then mild anger, that I had no answer.....literally.
So I have worked to cultivate some of these things in my life and I guess what I realise is that, even when life gets a little hairy, I need to hang on to some of my stuff.
I went to Jazzercise last night.......and it was so good to get back, to workout hard (oh my aching glutes - classic over-share) and to feel my body responding. No more editing my exercise. or calorie counting.......I am expecting much of this body and I need to keep it moving.
Now to get back to some of the other things that landed on the cutting room floor.....just a soon as I file my taxes........
One day I will be a correct, consistent, accurate, and complete work!
What have you edited out of you life?