Lately, I’ve been making an effort to record the most important thing I do each day in my journal. It’s been an interesting exercise; I’ve generally found “the most important thing” has no relationship to the things that cause me stress.
Here are some examples from recent entries:
- Spent the evening with good friends.
- Held a baby’s hand.
- Enjoyed dinner with Mom and Dad.
- Reviewed a student’s research proposal.
- Ordered a book I’m very excited to read.
As a result of this periodic reflection, I’ve found myself looking forward to the day in a somewhat different way. When I wake up, I’m more aware that in the next 12 hours or so, I’m going to do something important. And when I come across that something, I’m more likely to focus on the moment – because this is the most important thing I’ll do all day – as opposed to my usual habit of letting my worries distract me.
It’s been a good exercise for centering, for focusing on things that really matter. I put it out there in case it’s useful for you because today is fall equinox, and equinox is all about equilibrium.
With the official start of autumn, I also have some news to share. Next week, I’m launching a Names Before the Masses tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. In the past, I’ve always done the 2-4 week intensive blog tour, with multiple stops per week. Now, I’ve decided to take a calmer pace (equilibrium!) with a tour that will last longer (about 4 months), but involve fewer stops per week (1 or 2 at most). I’m looking forward to it and also curious to see how it works out, in terms of both sales and general sanity.
Official start date for the Goddess Fish tour is September 27. Between now and then, I’ll activate my Appearances page with a full list of stops. I’ll also include links in my weekly blog posts. Like all Goddess Fish tours, there will be a giveaway for an Amazon/B&N gift certificate. The more stops you visit, the greater your chance to win!
Speaking of giveaways, with Halloween just around the corner, I’ve listed a Goodreads Giveaway for the darkest of the three Silver Web novels: Sword of Shadows. Lands ravaged! Dreams destroyed! Demons set loose upon the earth! In short, everything you most want to read about during the Halloween season is in this book! Five signed copies are up for grabs, and the giveaway ends on October 31st.
If you’re a member of Goodreads, you can enter using the link below. If you’re not a member, it’s easy (and free!) to join. Visit Goodreads for more information.
Happy Fall Equinox! No matter what challenges come your way, I hope your autumn days are filled with the quiet joy of important things.