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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

—and then

A man gets himself placed in life, all is settled, everything is going well, unpleasant things of the past are forgotten, the future is rosy—and then. What a man wants is to be let alone. If life would only flow straight on, like a river.

Sherwood Anderson - Dark Laughter (1925)

It is odd how being busy creeps up on one. I feel pretty busy these days, even though I’m retired and ought to have plenty of spare time. Unfortunately for many of us that isn’t how it works. If we have spare time it seems to attract another dose of busyness from a mysteriously infinite supply.

Working life is like that too. Those who know how to be busy seem to attract it. Those who don’t are immune and everyone knows who they are.

5 comments:

Michael said...

I have far too much to do now I'm retired, Mr H.

I have everything written on several lists, and no time to even contemplate some of the work!

Wouldn't want it any other way.

Roger said...

True enough, creative and capable people are in short supply, its the rest we have plenty of.

Roger said...

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wiggiatlarge said...

Michael, the only lists in this house are my wife's, that include jobs to be done by me !

A K Haart said...

Scrobs - I like being busy, but if I am busy I'm always thinking of things I don't have time for.

Roger - and the odd thing is, everyone knows who they are.

Wiggia - same here. Strange isn't it?