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Finding time for yourself can be hard

It's hard to believe that it's Thanksgiving 2009!

Wow, where has the year gone?

The year has really flown by.

I guess the biggest reason why is that we all seem to be living our lives too fast. All of us need to slow down and enjoy things that we like much more. For example, spending more time with our families and friends and much less time worrying about matters at work and thinking that work is everything.

Granted, I not only like what I do, but I love it. The older I get though, the more I realize I'm not as young as I used to be. I need to start slowing down.

At least that's what family and close friends tell me all the time.

I have been hard-headed, I suppose, and just let what they have advised me to do go in one ear and out the other.

The other day, I took some time for myself -- time to critique me and how I might change a few things.

To tell you the truth, I came up with few ideas.

The reason: the job is demanding and requires so much time.

And really and truly, it's very difficult for me simply to say no when people call and want coverage.

I realize that I need a little more time for myself and others in my life. But the news is so important to me, too.

It's difficult when you try and want to please so many people. It truly is.

Knowing myself much better than anyone else, it's extremely difficult to choose the job over family, church, and time with friends.

I guess you could say I'm struggling somehow, someway to find a happy medium.

I have yet to find such.

But I'm not quitting in my quest.

Instead, I want to continue to be open-minded. Shucks, I'll even take advice from strangers about how to juggle my life better and yet feel like I'm not letting anybody down.

I hate the feeling of thinking I've let anybody down. That just doesn't sit well with me at all.

Hope.

I rely heavily on that four-letter word.

When I'm having a bad day at the office and seems nothing is going right and things look bleak as far as the future is concerned, too, I think about that word.

Hope is all any of us have. Hope for a better night or tomorrow. Hope for the future. Hope for ourselves. Hope for others, etc.

This Thanksgiving, I hope and pray that I can spend more quality time with my family and friends and less time covering stories.

I think it would be good for my heart and soul.

To the readers of our newspaper, I wish each and everyone of you a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!



Web posted on Thursday, November 26, 2009













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