A Temporary High

by Sherry Riter in Lessons of Life,Time

When I sit down to write my blog each day or night, whichever the case might be, I do not feel like it is work. Instead, I feel a sense of relief and relaxation as I get into the mode of typing my thoughts.

The first thing that greets me on Albert, my computer, is the desktop picture. This has been my desktop for quite a while and it brings me a sense of peace whenever I look at it.

my desktop
I can feel the silence that prevails when surrounded by that much snow.

It’s almost magical and majestic.

Silence like that found in snow covered nature is peaceful and evokes introspective thinking. I feel that people do not take the time to hear themselves think enough any more. There are so many distractions with the television, telephone, radio, activities and other people.

With that much snow, it is usually really cold and the air feels cleansing and smells fresh. Taking a deep breath of that kind of air seems to fill the body with renewed hope for a new start.

Albert the computer, Bella the puppy and I usually sit in silence at least for an hour or two each night. The only sound is Turtle the turtle digging in his rocks and the water from the tank trickling. I’m able to let go of the day and all the things that have cluttered my mind.

After a few hours of silence, sometimes I play a song over and over…and over and over…and over and over again. Right now I’m listening to Kenny Chesney sing “Somewhere With You.” It’s probably about the thirtieth time for the evening.

Kenny Chesney,  Somewhere With You


Every now and then the post that I’ve composed in my mind during the drive to work, while I’m grocery shopping or cooking dinner isn’t what I feel like writing. After I refresh my mind by removing the messiness of the day, the earlier thoughts sound stale in my head. However with a blank slate, there is always a thought that pops in my mind that becomes my post for the evening.

I don’t know if you are going to jump over to YouTube.com and listen to Kenny Chesney’s song, but part of the lyrics are:

But It’s just a temporary high
‘Cause when I close my eyes
I’m somewhere with you,
Somewhere with you

How much of our lives are just a temporary high?

Are we actively engaged in activities that add value and worth remembering?

Do we take the time with loved ones for granted and waste opportunities to share the joy of our life experience and draw the comfort we need from each other?

Will we regret our squandered time as we approach the end of our lives?

Are we making the most of it or do we spend too much time on a temporary high dreaming of being somewhere else or with someone else?

Waste your money and
you’re only out of money,
but waste your time and
you’ve lost a part of your life.
~Michael Leboeuf~

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 Cathy Kennedy March 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm

In our hurriness, I believe we're all guilty of squandering our time away. There are moments when I feel the repetition of each day and I think, "How will I be remembered?" The friends I have are those I've met on the net for the large part. Although, I have a wonderful companion, my huband/ best friend, and a good son to spend most of my time with, I can seem disconnected from the rest of the planet. Does that make sense? Whatever I do, I want it to be special. Whatever I do, I want others to long remember. Whatever I do, I want it to be without regret. Thank you for helping me to remember to stay focused and to not live just in the moment, but live for the years to come.


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