Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Time’s a Wastin

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I recently read this quote, “The time you enjoy wasting, is not wasted.” My initial reaction was it written by some slacker who probably spends hours surfing the internet and trolling through Facebook. Then I read the quote again and the word “enjoy” struck a chord.

Most of our lives are overscheduled, rushed and running on autopilot. By the end of the day, we crawl into bed and the activities of the day are a blur. Did we enjoy the day or at least enjoy a few moments of the day? Have we lived the day in the moment or are we just trying to make it to Friday?

These questions crossed my mind when I read the quote. On the other hand, I was able to let out a sigh of relief. All of the time I thought I was “wasting” consumed with blogs on writing and author’s websites hasn’t been wasted because I enjoy that time, plus I believe it’s making me a better writer.  I can now enjoy my addiction without the guilt.

Are you doing something you enjoy that you thought was wasting time?

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

13 thoughts on “Time’s a Wastin

  1. I’m a strong believer in this. With any luck, if you allow yourself to waste time enjoyably for long enough, you will realise that you have embarked on a real hobby or talent. And even if there’s no end-goal in sights, what is life all about if not enjoyment?

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  2. Great quote! When I watched sports, I wasn’t so much watching as listening, my hands full of crocheting, as if just observing a game needed a supplement. Now I’ve ruled out hands-on crafts, trying to keep the carpal tunnel to a minimum (at least until NaNo is done), but I don’t feel bad about just watching TV. Maybe I cheer more, or maybe I’ll finally learn when a team is holding. I’ve been watching football for over thirty years and I still can’t tell who is getting held! 🙂

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  3. I’m a firm believer, now, that no time is wasted as even when we do nothing we are always doing something. Life is so fast that taking a breather can make us feel like we are standing still and thus feel guilty about it. Reminds me of the poem by W.H.Davies:
    ‘What is this life if full of care
    We have no time to stand and stare?’ etc…..

    So even standing and staring we’re doing something productive

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  4. I believe if you live with purpose, that no time is wasted. Even if the purpose of an activity is to relax or recharge. 🙂

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  6. Wonderful quote. Like you’re picture too. I could definitely “waste” some time on that cliff looking at the scenery.

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  7. No time is wasted if you are using your talent that you were given to enjoy, use, and share (if you wish to share) 🙂
    I took an Artists’ Way class with a group of friends. We did our own “free” version of it and talking through how we use our art and gifts without feeling guilty for taking time to do so gave me a sense of purpose and freedom I didn’t have before. I can look like I’m doing nothing and watch people work without the guilt I used to carry. Ha! So there. I can blame God if I look lazy writing and reading about writing. I can say, “God made me do it.” (Get it? Remember the old Flip Wilson saying, The Devil made me do it.)

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