is for Interruptions.
Interruptions are annoying, whether you be a parent, teacher, employee, student, writer, or avid TV watcher. As a writer, there have been times I’ve been ‘in the groove’, so to say. A story is playing out in my head and I’m madly typing as fast as I can to capture the essence of this gripping plot…and then I am interrupted.
All my thoughts go out the window. One of my kids calls for a ride home from school (it’s raining and they’re afraid they’ll be like the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz and melt if they get wet). Or someone asks me a question, or tells me dinner is burning, or my dog’s tail is on fire.
Whatever the interruption, whether small or big, it knocks you off course. And then we gripe about being interrupted and think how much we would have accomplished if it never rained and kids could walk home, and if questions didn’t need to be asked, or burnt lasagna tasted good, or that dogs wouldn’t wag their tails so close to the fire.
I think it’s safe to say EVERYONE has INTERRUPTIONS in their life. EVERY DAY.
When I ran across this C. S. Lewis quote (yes, I have a file of quotes by that man!), it helped me see interruptions in a new light…a more positive one. Hope you enjoy it like I did:
“The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own,’ or ‘real’ life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life—the life God is sending one day by day.”
I guess the trick is to enjoy Interruptions, instead of getting mad about them. Then they become Interesting.