Freedom?

April 23, 2009

On my first day as a Lady of Leisure, I had big plans: it was gorgeous outside, and it was Earth Day, and everybody (on Twitter, on facebook, on TV) was talking about getting out and enjoying the great weather.  “Perfect!” I thought.  “What better way to spend my first day of freedom than to go outside, walk along the river and enjoy this beautiful planet we’re living on at the height of its best season?!”  

When a good friend asked (via Google chat), what I was planning to do, I listed hanging out laundry on my clothesline and reading a book on my front porch.  “Brilliant!” she raved.  “I’m so jealous.”

Yeah! Awesome! Freedom!

But then, it was 4pm.  

And I’d hung the laundry on the line.  But mostly, I had emailed, facebooked, gchat-ed, and TVed.

“Here you are with all this freedom,” I said to myself, out loud.  “And you’ve squandered it.”

Sound familiar?

“We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered to us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”  ~C.S Lewis

3 responses to “Freedom?”

  1. kelli says:

    oh man. a few of my days looked like that last week. So gross! SO true.

  2. Ashely says:

    I’ve implemented ‘computer rules’ for myself as I always waste time doing who knows what. Do I really care what the girl who sat next to me in HS chemistry is making for dinner? Seriously. The rules seem to be working for me. Perhaps you could make some of your own?

  3. Shawne says:

    This was lovely, Faith.

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