Monday, August 22, 2011

My Pot Boileth Over: Learning to Accept Interruptions of Writing Time

MC900264390My writing time stands firmly on the front burner, a dangerous place. I’ve been cleaning spills as it boils over and doctored a few burns.

Last week was a good example. It was not a good writing week.  A doctor’s appointment, necessary shopping for a new microwave, and unnecessary shopping for my eighty-eight-year-old mother (that yielded nothing), plus a couple of real-life social activities, did not leave me with a large block of writing time. I am not one of those people who can write fifteen minutes here, fifteen minutes there. I need at least three hours of uninterrupted quiet time to come up with any cohesiveness.

But I think I accepted most of the interruptions with good grace. Instead of fretting over wasted time, I read some really good blogs and wrote a couple of blog posts myself. I can’t really say I suffered, but the following verse helped me through the week:

(W)e rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5

And it was a productive week—just not in the way I had envisioned. I learned a lot from reading informative blogs, but my biggest learning curve, perhaps, was in patience and endurance.

In not throwing the pot off the front burner.

I’m keeping it there.

Just learning to adjust the control knob along the way. I’m a slow learner, but I’m getting there.

One spill at a time.


  1. Great post. I too struggle with interruptions. I tend to get angry, but I'm getting better at accepting the time slots that are handed to me.

  2. Thanks, Mike. Some interruptions can't be helped and I try to make the best of it.

    But we can demand a quiet space to work!Families can be trained. :)


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