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It’s there, and then it’s gone. Just when I think I’ve carved out 5, 10, 15 minutes of me-time to do something a little bit constructive, I look up and the opportunity has passed me by before I even got a chance to make something of it. And so I get up from my me-haven to wipe a nose, make a sandwich, break up a sister-fight. (Even while I was writing *this* I had to stop for a moment and take care of some kid business)
My shoulders sag at the thought of the opportunity lost. What if this was THE time that I was actually going to get started on something important? What if the post I didn’t write in those moments was the one post that somebody somewhere needed to read? The thoughts chase each other around my brain like my cat chases its tail sometimes.
But then…. I look up and realize that it’s quiet in the house. The children are busy playing nicely with each other. Nothing is demanding my attention at this time. And I realize that some opportunities don’t just knock once – they can come back again and again. If you’re not home or available, it’s not always the end of the world. There will be another opportunity. That’s what keeps me going, because if I had to depend on creatively striking during that one elusive open opportunity, I would be overwhelmed with the importance of it all. But as it is, I know that even if I can’t get to the computer I can make a note on my phone to remind me of the train of thought I was riding. And the next time the opportunity arises, I’ll be ready.