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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Rinse and Repeat

Ever have those days where you're just doing your thing over and over again, like life is on the "spin cycle" and there's not much more to it than that?

For me: That was today.

Not that I mind repetition much--[aside: my fingers tend to forget that the "ti" in that word is repeated]--but shouldn't life be more? Where's the excitement, the awe? Isn't there more than this?

Even more odd is the fact that I did a wide variety of things today, to the point of almost being overwhelmed. But they still felt like they were part of the overall "spinning" of life. For me it was web corrections, HTML adjustment, email management and... web corrections, HTML...

<spin> <spin> <spin>

...all while watching the clock do it's own spinning, reminding me of my limited time. Based on the blogs I've read, this is how laundry, meal preparation, and diapers are (and I'm probably missing a whole host of other things). I wish I had a brilliant insight, or super encouraging message.

But I don't.

I'm in the same boat.

The same sinking ship.

The same spinning washer [please mentally insert applicable Calvin and Hobbes comic strip].

Sometimes the phrase "tomorrow is another day," isn't that hopeful. On the other hand, the curse of "May your life be interesting" isn't exactly ideal either. And perhaps that's why the teacher said: A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work.

May you find satisfaction in your work, whatever line of work that may be. And if it has to do with your own kids, I'm a little jealous <smile>. Not that I don't find satisfaction in my own job, but that I'm getting antsy about this whole "expectant father" thing....

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Expectant Father


Happy Elf Mom (Christine) said...

Luke, I feel like I'm on a "math/English/science/social studies" treadmill. I enjoy my curriculum, but I think it's just time to spend a day doodling in colouring books or looking up all kinds of irrelevant details in Wikipedia instead of learning from a big book.

I think there's a value in a structured schedule and completing mundane tasks, but sometimes we just need a day to do something differently. :]

Kim & Dave said...

Yep, Luke-I so get this post!

I have had trouble with the "repeats" of life, but lately, the Lord has been re-focussing me on how blessed I am to be where I am in my life!

Praying about your "expectant father" situation!

Luke Holzmann said...

Mrs. C, doing "nothing" is sometimes a very good thing to do. And for "routine" people like me, it's a good thing to remember--and super hard to implement <smile>.

Kim, thank you so much for your prayers! They mean a lot to me.


Wendy said...

Luke, praying at our house as well, may your three children make it home very soon.

I'm reading a good book right now that somewhat addresses your spin cycle issue. You obviously work for the best company on the planet, but this author calls making a living "making a dying". It's a great read: Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin & Joe Dominguez. Amazon has it cheap.

Luke Holzmann said...


Thanks for heads-up on the book, it sounds fascinating. But much, much more: Thank you for your prayers!



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