A List Maker's Life: Torn

Saturday, December 29, 2007


I am currently reading Eat Pray Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert. (It was one of my many special Christmas surprises.) The following passage caught my attention.

“Generally speaking, Americans have an inability to relax into sheer pleasure. Americans spend billions to keep themselves amused…but that is not exactly the same thing as quiet enjoyment. This is the cause of the great sad American stereotype – [those] who go on vacation, but who cannot relax.” (p.61)

The student/teacher part of me sees this precious time between Christmas and New Year’s Day as a vacation from all the hustle and bustle of the month past and the new activities in the year to come. As I gear up for the many nights of master’s study that winter ’08 will bring, I find myself torn over how to most enjoy the moments I have to relax now!

1) watch the "history making" Patriots vs. Giants game with Kevin
or watch the DVD I rented this afternoon
2) begin painting the trim in the living room
or put the furniture back in place for tomorrow’s guests
3) finish my 2007 family scrapbook or create a cover page for 2008
4) go to bed and read my new book or go to bed and sleep

So as not to become a “sad part of the great American stereotype," tonight I will choose something I love to do and enjoy it to the fullest!

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