Matters of Convenience and Surprises
Sunday, December 09, 2012
This week, I've been thinking about a lot of things but my focus has been on matters of convenience, those choices we make because they're just easier than looking for other options. I tend to shop at a grocery store that's on my way home even though it's more expensive; it's convenient! Routines become habits as do the excuses for current choices: "that's the way I've ALWAYS done it, it's just easier." Making the same choices over and over (especially when they're not good ones) that are made simply as a matter of convenience.
So that's what I was going to write about but yesterday I got a surprise. My computer stopped running. I did manage to get it going again but it's not recognizing my internet connection. (I'm writing this at my neighbor's house straight onto SP, no Word document first which is how I ALWAYS do it.) No internet? NOOOOOOOOO!!!
My carefully scheduled daily routine has been disrupted and I'm grateful for the surprise. I went for a walk in the woods this morning (snow is coming this afternoon, I might not get another chance later today) and when I came home, I made a nice breakfast. I have found that now that I'm online, I'm ready to go home and do some other things; things that don't always get the time they deserve. I didn't spend nearly the amount of time online that I normally do and I still managed to get everything done that I needed to do at a computer.
I guess I am still writing about matters of convenience. This computer is a tad slower than I'm used to and I'm trying to not make a mess in someone else's house. I'm sitting in a different place, looking out a different window (with a nice view, by the way.) I'm definitely happy and grateful and ready to have a great day.
By allowing myself the chance to do things that aren't necessarily convenient, I have allowed in the element of surprise. I'm thinking that there's no room for surprise in a life that's too regimented by routine.
Sometimes surprises arrive in strange packages; in broken computers that are hiding new opportunities for the day.