Despite being attributed as an old Chinese Proverb (which it may well be) and to Goethe and W W Jacobs the imprecation to be careful what you wish for because it may come true is actually difficult if not impossible to attribute to an original source. In fact it has probably come from so many independent and different sources there is no one origin. In any case so far as I am concerned I said it - albeit I was not the first. "And what" may we ask "are we to be careful about?" Actually in this case it is a warning from me to me.
I haven't written a blog post a for days (why oh why does the spillchucker not recognise blog and Blogger?) and I am really missing it. I have been in Blogland reading though. Why have I not posted? Because life back in NZ has been busier this time than ever just as my last summer in Europe was one of the busiest I can remember.
I almost found myself wishing that I wasn't so busy. Then I stopped myself. Just think if I couldn't play croquet; if I couldn't drive and travel and see all my friends; if I didn't have all those friends and family; if I were housebound; if I didn't have the money to travel to tournaments; and so on. The list is endless. The lifestyle I enjoy so much may have its frustrations but those frustrations are born out of a lack of time to do everything that I want to do. How much more frustrating it would be if I had all the time and I didn't have those things to fill it.
One day I may well not be able to do everything. One day time may be in such plentiful supply that I will look back on my life at the moment and be very, very grateful.
In the meantime I shall be very careful what I wish for.
On a lighter note here are a few titbits for you:
|A female (possibly immature) Chaffinch 2 metres from me on the deck watches me as she clears up the night's bugs|
|"I'm watching you."|
|The Honeysuckle is doing well this year.|
|Life's good and I'm going to tell the world|
|And who are you looking at?|