Timely Message from the Writing Stratosphere

by Naomi on August 16, 2010

in Daily Life, Writing

Wintry warmth soothes my bones, spreading Sunday laziness through my body. Indistinct doggie sounds decorate the background. A yap here, gallop there, punctuated by noisy chewing, which I’m determinedly ignoring. I mean, really, how much damage can they do out here? The first whiffs of Spring float her pending arrival on the still air. O The Oprah Magazine is pleasant company, serving up some inspiring women’s stories and stunning images. What’s this? The sparkle of our nearby pool reflects sweetly off the page.

INSPIRING ARTICLE - O, The Oprah Magazine South Africa

View from our bedroom door

Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat Pray Love shares some timely insight. ‘Nearly all the women I know,’ she writes, ‘are stressing themselves sick over the pathological fear that they simply aren’t doing enough with their lives.’ Despite the fact that each and every one is doing ‘a lot’. Doesn’t that ring a clanging bell? It does for me πŸ™‚ Elizabeth confides something enlightening: after writing 5 books, never mind the millions of copies sold and the movie just launched, she worries that she hasn’t written the right kinds of books, or that she’s maybe dedicated too much of her life to writing, thereby neglecting other aspects of her being. She asks: ‘Can we all lighten up a little bit?’

Brilliant point, corroborated by my primary muse, our gorgeous Jina. She’s a staunch believer that when all else fails, and even when it doesn’t, the best thing to do is RELAX!

JINA AS A KITTEN - snoozing on Joe's paws

And when you’re done with relaxing, PLAY!

JINA AS A KITTEN - please can we play?

Uh-oh, hysterical barking. A silver-grey streak catches the corner of my eye. Okay, so even Jina falls short sometimes. Composure be damned, I rush to her rescue. Guess all we can manage is our best in each moment. Or for a fresh change, a little less than our best!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

cindy August 16, 2010 at 10:06 am

Great post, for today I will take your advice and relax instead of fretting. Maybe a walk around Zoo Lake and – later – a sundowner at Moyo πŸ™‚

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Naomi August 16, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Sounds TOO gorgeous, especially in this exquisite weather!

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nrhatch August 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Beautiful post, and your Jina looks like my Tigger (when he was a kitten). : )

It’s funny how we fret our lives away with worry. If we’ve nothing to worry about, we make up new categories.

You might enjoy this post about Elizabeth’s 2nd book, Committed: http://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/eat-pray-love-tie-the-knot/

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Naomi August 16, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Totally true…thanks for the chuckle πŸ™‚ Tigger sounds adorable, including his name!

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souldipper August 17, 2010 at 12:16 am

Hang in there, Jina. You’ll get those rascals trained in a jiffy. I know. They think they are in charge, but I know your feline strategies. And I support you 100%.

Love, Aunt Amy and Brother Duc

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Naomi August 17, 2010 at 7:46 am

LOL!! THANKS, Amy, this is just what I needed to help me stop worrying about our littlest one! She sends you both a head bump and nose tap πŸ™‚

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Tokeloshe September 13, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Ah c-u-t-e πŸ˜‰

Great photos!

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Naomi September 14, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Thanks, Tok! Love how you appreciate pets πŸ™‚

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