Silence the Tasks and Drink a Moment of Life

Colorful Drinks of Joy

by Rifaq Rasheed

For all my ROWing friends, I’ve placed a blog hop at the end of this post to make it easy for you to find and encourage a fellow ROWer.

My fourth grandson will be delivered Wednesday. From day to day  I get caught up in lists, deadlines, projects, meals to cook, errands to run and on and on. But when a special day comes like a wedding, birthday, or the new arrival of a baby I pause from the mundane. It’s as if a bright light shines on the moment at hand and my heart overflows with happiness. The lists, meals, and errands are for the good of the family so I don’t begrudge the tasks but this week I am so grateful to silence these things and embrace the joy of our new grandson, Greyson Flanders.

How do you silence tasks and drink in a moment of life?

Leave me a comment. I love hearing from you.

 Row80, 2012 First Quarter, Week 3 Plan

Family Time

James, Jon, and I are traveling to Tyler to be with Matti when her baby is born.

Learn the Tenor Banjo

I can’t take the banjo so practice is on hold this week.


Take the baby blanket I’m knitting to Tyler.

Writing Education

* Read 30  minutes a day, Hooked, by Les Edgerton. I’ll get back to Write Away when I return.

Fiction Writing –

* Building personalities of the main characters –making notes this week.


Read 3 blogs per day (30-minute timer).

Check in on the post scheduled for Tuesday, “Children: A Birthday Gift to Me.”

Wednesday- Check in with ROWing friends.

Listen to the Iliad on our trip.

Sunday we’re traveling back, but I want to check in with my ROWing friends.

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  1. So how are you liking Hooked? I’m reading it too. 🙂

  2. I’ll start it this afternoon or while I’m in Tyler. I heard about it from Kristen. Where did you hear about it?

  3. Ali, congrats on the latest addition to your family, and let’s see – I’ve discovered that taking care of something, or someone else (in my case this week, a litter of abandoned kittens) can take you out of the “task” mentality and focus you on the moment…

    Re: Your Goals, I think the idea of using a timer to regulate your blogging (and or other social media) is a great idea, and I may have to adopt it as I develop my social networking goals… And I like how you’ve appended the blog list for ROW80 – I will have to try to do that for next week’s post.

    Have a great week, and best wishes,

  4. Congrats on the new grandchild! That’s definitely the kind of thing we need to put aside the everyday to-do’s for. Enjoy your time with him and get back to the list when you return home.

    • Jennette, thanks for the push toward what is good and right in this world. The list will be here when I get back. Wish my daughter and her family would be too. I miss them living close by so much.

  5. Congrats on the new grand baby! Hope everything goes well, and you’re able to continue with your goals.

    • Thanks. The goals will of course be secondary. I’ve lightened my load for that reason. Hope you are doing well with yours.

  6. Congrats on the new baby!!!!! My new niecephew doesn’t arrive until July, but I’m already excited!

  7. Congratulations on the new grandchild! That’s just awesome.

  8. Ohmygoodness! You are going to have a fabulous week! You probably can’t wait to hold the new grandbaby! I love your post about stopping and drinking in life. That’s something we all need to remember. Drink well and deeply, friend!

    • Suzanne, I am looking forward to holding him. It’s such a pleasure to watch and experience new life coming into the world.

  9. Ali,

    I want to look like you when I’m having my 4th grandson!!! That is so exciting. What a great start to 2012.

    I adore the title of this post. It sounds like a fantastic book title to me. 🙂

  10. Woot! Congrats on the new addition to your family. Always exciting the arrival of a new one. Enjoy your time with family and my best wishes for your safe travels.

    Have a fantastic week, Ali 🙂

  11. Eeeekeee!! Congrats on the new grand baby!! How wonderful and exciting!!! Here’s to everything going wonderfully…keep us posted with PICTURES!!

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