Wednesday, January 9, 2008

A Bit of Perspective

I'm having one of those days today when I feel like I should be super productive, but instead I'm visiting the time sink that is Facebook (what evil person invented Scrabulous?) not to mention blogging.... I never used to have a problem with procrastination (or the killer bug of science careers), and on my return to work from baby land I was super productive - every minute away from little one was precious and was used well. Now being back at work has gotten more routine, and some procrastination has snuck back in. My guilt at procrastination is much larger now so my internal monologue is not being easy on me today. Anyway the point of this ramble is that I'm feeling down on myself, and life in general (lack of sleep not helping here). When I get in this mood I try to look for perspective, so I got thinking...

I got thinking about the simplicity of life with a newborn, especially a preterm newborn (little one was a 35 weeker) who is being kept at the hospital. Nothing else mattered for those few days. I got thinking about a pregnant friend who messaged me this morning that she thinks her water broke. I wonder if she's having her baby right now. I got thinking about another friend with a special needs baby who is having surgery today to insert a tube into his stomach. Surgery on a 3 month old... I got thinking about this BBC story about a 10 month old who died after a hot water tank burst and boiling water fell on her. My little one is 10 months old. When I think of something like this happening to her.... well I just can't think about it.

OK - so most of this didn't exactly cheer me up, but is certainly puts a bit of procrastination in perspective. How many spectra can a person look at in one day before they go crazy anyway.

1 comment:

ScienceMama said...

Perspective is a powerful thing.

I got the chills reading your sentence about the hot water tank incident. I can't even look at the article.