Each Friday, I post Flashback Friday, where I use St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Examen as a guide and usually ask the following questions: For what are you least grateful this past week? For what are you most grateful this past week?
That the week was so busy with life that I didn’t have time or energy to blog. I did have energy to watch some things on Netflix but not to blog. Does that make sense? I know. It probably doesn’t…which brings me to the second part of my least grateful list this week: that I haven’t been reading as much as I did last year. Instead, I’ve been adding TV series to my Netflix Instant queue and then getting frustrated because I’m not sure which one to watch. The other night, my lovely wife pointed out to me that it’s happening again: meaning that when we had cable or satellite, we, meaning, I, let TV rule my life. I’d build up a collection of series in the DVR and then never get to half of them.
So what am I going to do about this? For starters, I’m cutting my Netflix Instant queue to only 10 “essential” series/movies at a time, and I’m cutting my regular queue to five. Instead of immediately turning on the TV to watch Netflix when I get home from work, like the drones I used to despise and think I’d never be one of those people, I’m going to turn on the TV to listen to music on MOG and pick up the latest book I’m reading and go to town. Then only later I may watch something from the queue or not. After all, it will be there later.
That the week was so busy with life that I didn’t have the time or energy to blog. Whaaaa? Wait a minute. Wasn’t that my “least grateful” for the week too? Um, yes, but while I don’t wish that the week was so busy with the little worries that I needlessly give myself over work, I do wish my week was so busy with life otherwise, such as meeting with friends, reading a good book or (hey, here’s a concept) going out for a walk or a run that I didn’t have (or make) the time or energy to blog. Does that mean that I’d like to give up blogging altogether? Um, heck, no, to put it politely.
However, if it meant actually living life to have something more to blog about every other day than, say, my mostly mundane life every day, um, heck, yeah. Who of us wouldn’t rather be living our lives than blogging? If we don’t have a life, after all, what is there to blog about? (Okay, admittedly, we can blog about other people’s lives, but me being the egotist I am, I’d rather blog about me 😉 ). Of course, though, I do it for you (at least, I hope I “do it” for you; otherwise, you wouldn’t be here).
So for what are you least grateful and most grateful this past week?