It’s funny. My new chickens have decided to roost outside at night in the big elderberry tree, rather than snuggle down in the hay during this nasty cold spell. It’s not that they don’t know where the hen house is, or that they are still sorting out the pecking order with the older White Sussex hens, they just seem to prefer to go it alone outside. I must confess, I worry about them sat out all night in the cold starlit night.
That reminds me a bit of my own circumstances. Next month my chickens will be coming home to roost. Let me explain. After a long, profitable and enjoyable career in business, I have decided to give it all up and concentrate on my writing. No longer will I have the warmth and comfort of a regular income but will have to strike out for myself and live on my wits to a greater degree. I came to a point in my life where I felt there was not even a choice anymore – I just had to do it.
Sat reflecting on this it reminds me of Ecclesiastes III in the King James’ version of the Bible:
For every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together.
And the time is right for me. I need some time to myself. I need to do things that I want to do whilst I have the wherewithal to do them. I started to make a list:
Finish my second novel
Deliver a lecture then use it as the basis for another book
Sell my place in France and buy something similar in England
Do more voluntary work with local schools
Continue my quest to find the origins of the Towton Rose
Grow even more of my own fruit and vegetables
Spend more time with my two grown-up sons
Spend more time travelling
…….and the list goes on and on and on.
I thought I would get organised and tried to prioritise it but they are all important to me. I guess it’s part of who I am, the DNA that makes up the individual.
So, wish me luck and keep reading these pages from time to time and check out how I’m doing. Oh, and when you have a quiet moment, think about your own life. Is there something that you have always wanted to do but never got around to it because you were too busy or did not have the confidence? Go on, give it a try. If you don’t, you’ll always be saying to yourself……”If only….”