Good Orderly Direction…

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Good Orderly Direction

My husband uses this little phrase quite often. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately.

Direction is something most of us don’t give a second thought to anymore. We just get in the car and plug the address into our GPS and the annoying voice in the box tells us exactly where to go.

A couple of weeks ago I was running late. I typed in my new client’s address and as fate would have it, my GPS did not work. I immediately filled with anxiety, literally panicked and wondering what to do. I took a few deep breaths and went back into the house to map quest the directions. As I waited for the printer, I remembered I had a GPS app on my phone. I grabbed the printed directions just in case and was on my way.

As frustrated, as this technology makes me I have to remember that it also gives me the confidence to get in my car in Philadelphia without so much as a thought and drive to my dear friend, who is recovering from an epic battle with cancer in North Carolina.

I depend on this little box to save me time and get me to my destination on time.

I don’t like depending on ‘things’ but I don’t want to give up my GPS.

Order in my life has been a struggle the last few months. I traveled so much with my book and it was beyond amazing. I’m looking forward to the release of my second book and revising the third. This is a dream come true. I also still work ‘out of the house’ three twelve hour days a week. It seems like that should leave me plenty of time to write, visit with grandkids, take care of the house, spending time with my husband, the a-z challenge and so on and so on.

I used to be such an organized person. I think I am struggling because I’m no longer thinking about the directions just the destination.

The wonderful news is spring happens once a year and it is like a second chance at New Year’s. For me it means putting my life in order starting with focusing on God, family and work. Once I do this, I know orderly direction will follow.

A new year 2013

How do you keep yourself moving in the right direction? How do you get yourself back on track if you stray? Is technology saving you time or sucking up your time?


5 Responses to “Good Orderly Direction…”

  • I don’t know what it is but me and GPS don’t get on. It’s always sending me the wrong way and losing signal. I like directions all planned out before I go anywhere – hmm, maybe that would help if I applied it to my writing… 🙂

  • Hi, Doreen,
    Technology can be a huge time-suck, but I’ve learned how to portion out my time, mostly. I do get things done, but it seems I’m in a rush half the time. Proper planning helps in giving up direction.

  • I have never used a gps! I am such a stuck in the mud pencil and paper girl! I am so fascinated by all of you published authors here on the a-z…good for you!

  • Jai:

    In SLC we have the grid system and finding places is not terribly hard. But I would have killed for a GPS when I lived in California.

  • I think if the gps makes life easier then that’s what it’s there for. I think after three tweleve hour days I would be exhausted.
    Anne/Is Anyone There

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