Reminder: make wooly mammoth stew

My calendar seems to ebb and flow like the tides. Within days, I will go from sand bars and mud to a roiling storm of activity. Over a two-day period, I will have reason to fill in dates spanning months at a time, plotting my future as sure as the ink is made of stone. Helping people with projects, trips to shows, dentist appointments, and visits to see my kids fill the pages, helping to wash ashore a fresh catch of activities. I love to make plans; but looking at the netted-tangle of scrawl all at once sets my heart to beating too quickly. To see it all at once can’t be healthy.

Imagine if cave men and women kept calendars; kill the wooly mammoth on Monday and Tuesday; chop it up on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Visit the in-laws on the weekend and bring mammoth stew that you have miraculously figured out how to make Friday night, and start all over again on Monday. Depression caveman-style would have set in and there would be no wooly mammoth stew for the in-laws.

When I look at a manuscript that needs revising, I feel the same way. If I focus on more than a page at a time, I am overwhelmed to the point of dysfunction. When I should be worrying about killing the wooly mammoth, my mind is on the stew. And we all know what happens when we are not paying attention to the job at hand, especially when a wooly mammoth is charging you and all you have is a pen.

Just Thinkin’


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4 Responses to Reminder: make wooly mammoth stew

  1. Deborah says:

    Wow, that is one interesting connection…I love it.

  2. joan chandler says:

    As a list-maker, I can understand how difficult it must have been for cave-wives. Not to mention, they couldn’t jot down their chores on a magnetized pad on the fridge – they had to carve it into cave walls with an adz! (Huh. Cave pictures have been found depicting horses, wild animals, etc., but no shopping lists. Odd.) 😀

  3. Stacey says:

    I am also a list maker…and have been overwhelmed the past few weeks filling up my fall calendar! Everything from agricultural fairs and farm tours, to off- broadway shows, a trip to a Buddhist Monastery and Patriots games. It’s overwhelming to look at, but if taken a weekend at a time, much better! I LOVED the mammoth stew correlation! Tell Marti not to question the mystery meat in the stew I give her…

  4. Barb and I loved this one!! hehehe


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