"To Thine Own Self Be True"

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Whew! What a Christmas and New Year's!

The weather has been all over the place here in North Texas since my last post. There were a few windy nights and a few still days. Sleet and snow covered the ground one morning followed by clear-sky afternoons. Texas weather...what else can one say.

We were finally able to make a batch of hickory-smoked sausage for the first time in a long time,  thanks to the cold nights. Between travel, guests, and all the rest, I simply had no time to complete a post before the weekend. I should have prepared ahead of time.

The truth of the matter is that in spite of having 6 days a week to come up with something to publish, a fair number of my attempted posts end up never being edited and posted. Sometimes they just don't turn out the way I think they should; thoughts go astray, or worse, have no point whatsoever to them.

I've heard and read about other authors who work by a word count per day, some who count the number of hours they put in during a day, and others who work when they feel the inspiration strike. I've tried all three to the best of my ability and have yet to find a comfort zone that works all of the time, partly due to bipolar disorder, partly due to country living. Over the years I have learned that rural life is often led more by what one can do when (often being related to weather conditions) than by what one wants to do when. Of course Old Frosty keeps a schedule that he won't let me break regardless of the weather.

Life has a habit of throwing a curve ball our way when we least expect it. Sometimes it can seem like a bully on the playground who from time to time says, "When you least expect it, expect it." I think the key isn't to worry yourself to death about what pitch will be thrown or what is waiting around the next corner, I'm not even convinced one has to know what one wants to do in life, but it is important that you figure out who you are to your self and do your best to live up to that image. Never let anyone attempt to convince you are anything other than what you know your self to be.

Happy New Year everyone.

Alan