Life Happens

28.3.2016 | 22:28

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Dragon Dispatches from the Divine Dragon

Have you ever had one of those weekends where you get to the end and say to yourself “Where did the time go?”

(Or is that so common that you rarely have a weekend that doesn’t end with that question?  Something tells me the latter is more likely these days….)

I was so busy getting things accomplished this weekend – some major “virtual” de-cluttering on Friday, an all-day webinar/virtual retreat for most of Saturday, and visiting with the folks on Sunday.

There was so much going on that I forgot to write a blog article!  I think that’s the first time I’ve missed a scheduled post since I started blogging almost a year ago.


My first reaction was something along the lines of “Augh!!  I missed a deadline – I need to rush to my laptop and whip something up and just post it a day late!”

I could have done that – I had enough time Saturday evening that I could have sat down, picked a topic and thrown a few hundred words together.  It might even have turned out to be really great – some of my “last minute” ideas have become my best or most popular articles.  Go figure.

But I reined in those first perfectionist instincts….

I didn’t want to rush the process, and just “throw something together.”

Instead I decided to ponder the relative importance of things, and use it as an object lesson.

There are going to be times – for all of us – when “Life happens.”

I try to stay reasonably caught up with life, work and self-care.  (And fun.)

But sometimes things just get backed up….

And sometimes you’re driven by a burning need to get something off your hard drive that you’ve been putting off for over a year.  It’s one thing if you know it’s a “keeper” – then it’s going on the external hard drive and you’re immediately uncluttered.

But if you know you’re not going to listen, watch or read something more than once, you’ve got two choices:  Get to it, or don’t.

(I’ve had my share of items in both categories….)

I could have waited for the recording of the virtual retreat.

And then I would have had to find time to squeeze in multiple hours of content later – or let it sit on my hard drive until I got around to it.  (It was important enough that it wouldn’t get chucked into the virtual trash bin….)

It was easier to just attend “live” and get some packing done at the same time.

(We’re moving house in a couple of weeks – the packing needs doing anyway….)



3d people moving their home

And of course our parents wanted to spend some time with us before we moved a half day’s travel away.

It was Easter Sunday – we weren’t going to say no.  We wanted to see them and say good-bye too.

We didn’t need to be spending Saturday night and Sunday morning rushing around trying to get a blog post written, posted to the website and shared on social media.

Is my blogging important?

Hell, yeah!!

But it’s not the only – or probably even the most – important thing in my life.

So I gave myself permission to let it slide.  I’m not going to make a habit of it, and I take the responsibility and my schedule very seriously.

But I’m also not perfect, and sometimes … I’m going to forget.  Or have an emergency.  Or something unexpected but equally important will come up.

I’m relocating soon.

I’ve got two cats with health issues.

I’ve got other commitments and responsibilities.

Yeah, just like everyone else in the world….

I’ve got a serious, chronic case of – Life!!


I forgive myself.

So should you, when Life happens to you and you forget something, or you let something slip.

It’s okay.

It’s not the end of the world.

It’s just … Life.

So let it go, forgive yourself, don’t make it a habit … and get out there and live your life!!

Henry David Thoreau's (1817 - 1862 quote about life: "Go Confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined."


  1. Jace
    March 30, 2016 | 4:20 am

    Nice! The same thing happened to me this week. I’m a little late but I wrote it when I was ready to write it. Good times. Cheers

    • daletchworth
      March 31, 2016 | 11:07 pm

      Jace — As it happens, I’m late in responding to your comment! Sometimes, you’ve just gotta do things at the time they’re ready to be done. Thanks! Debra

  2. Catarina
    March 30, 2016 | 4:26 pm

    Ah… awesome reminder, thanks! Life happens indeed, which is part of us being human 😉

    • daletchworth
      March 31, 2016 | 11:08 pm

      Definitely, Catarina, definitely.

  3. Brad
    April 4, 2016 | 1:59 am

    Life’s what happens while you’re making plans – John Lennon.

    Accepting imperfection and forgiven ourselves is really important to continue to try and move forward.

    Thanks for the good reminder!

    • daletchworth
      April 5, 2016 | 4:47 pm

      Brad, John Lennon was one of our finest modern-day philosophers IMHO. We all need to let go of that perfection attitude — I’m bad for it too. 🙂 Debra

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