When a plane prepares to land, there’s always that moment where the engines quiet and the forward momentum slows. The landing wheels come down and, at just the right moment, the back engines roar. A landing can be smooth or bumpy, depending on general conditions and how well the pilot prepares.
I’m about to bring my own “plane” in for refueling. In the past year I’ve pushed forward, often at full throttle. I haven’t reached every planned destination, but I’ve touched most of them. I’ve learned a great deal about writing, editing and myself. Now it’s time to gather my resources so I can start off fresh next year.
Towards the goal of doing more in less time, I’ve cut my work day in half. I’ll take advantage of this time with my engines slowed to further simplify my processes. The landing wheels need to come down. I don’t want to “crash.” It’s all too easy in these transitional times to lose focus and let go of discipline. And that’s too bad, since this time, more than any other, feeds the soul.
Note to Self: Don’t lose your focus when the back engines roar.