at the Chicago International Quilt Festival, one woman talking to another:
First woman, “I haven’t finished anything recently. Life got in the way.”
Second woman, “That’s the good news!”
Often I hear of “life” as an interruption to some other pursuit, like quilting, writing, or keeping up with television programs. It often connotes that something bad has happened, requiring our time, energy, and attention. It could be that a relative needs care, or we’ve been ill, or the college bills demand finding a second job.
But those aren’t interruptions, are they? Aren’t those the things we’re here for, taking care of others and ourselves? We are connected. Our relationships are (or should be) primary. That, of course, includes the relationship with ourselves. And the leisure pursuits are the luxury. To put it another way, the relationships are the sustenance. The hobbies are the dessert.
So the good news is that life gets in the way sometimes, that we have enough to sustain us that we can enjoy the treat when it’s available.