What I did on my summer vacation

August 28th, 2008

1. Gave up the idea that I was ever going to write again.
2. Gave up the idea that I was never going to write again.
3. Gave up the idea that I couldn’t run a marathon.
4. Gave up the idea that I wanted to run a marathon.
5. Gave up the idea that I would lose 10 pounds.
6. Gave up the idea that I should lose 10 pounds.
7. Gave up the idea that I should make more money, save more money, or figure out the stock market.
8. Gave up the idea that I could produce, manage or reinvent a different kind of life.
9. Stood drenched in the glowing sun before the ancient sea.
10. In the end, gave that up too.

What did you do?

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And lookie where we popped up yesterday: live in person and in love!


  1. Well – apparently I missed a whole lot of reading this summer. And I did a whole lot of nothing – fussing about nothing, worrying about nothing, stressing about nothing. Wasted energy for nothing.

    You know I love your blog – thanks for the catching me up. The thing I love best about you? You’re human. Wonderfully human. :o)

    Comment by Shalet — August 28, 2008 @ 5:04 pm

  2. I lost about 20 pounds, took up cyceling, learned to cook more healthy food, let go off my need to control my husband, volunteered for bulldog rescue in my area and actually took on a volunteer advocate position for a child in the court system. I went to the beach four times, had a pic nic twice and took a week to tour my home town of Chicago. All in all the summer was pretty darn great this year.

    Comment by Cat — August 28, 2008 @ 8:09 pm

  3. Sent my heart to kindergarten.

    Comment by mapelba — August 28, 2008 @ 9:45 pm

  4. i love the positive way you talk about something ‘negative.’ i never knew giving up could be so freeing. thank you for the spin. its almost as if you have given me permission to do the same.

    Comment by latisha — August 28, 2008 @ 11:33 pm

  5. yep, sounds like my summer! especially #5 and #6. gotta love myself the way i am!

    Comment by Phyllis Sommer — August 29, 2008 @ 2:08 am

  6. Hi Karen. Love the surrender. I’m a little behind on my reading but I did see the giveaway of some “Loving Kindness.” I would love to enter the kind giveaway but something’s up with the comment section there. Anyhoo and either way (surrender) I hope you have an excellent weekend.
    Or not. 😉

    Comment by spielbee — August 29, 2008 @ 6:18 am

  7. It’s winter here but we still had a vacation of sorts. I tried to give up comparing home and away, here and there. I’m still working on it.

    Comment by TwinUtero — August 29, 2008 @ 6:35 am

  8. Got a pedicure. Had a nervous breakdown. Got published.

    Comment by Mama Zen — August 29, 2008 @ 7:07 pm

  9. I am laughing so hard right now. I just posted a very earnest post about how I am going to learn to manage my money. And then I read this. Love it. You always help me to see the futility in my crazy resolutions 🙂
    oh, and i would answer your question but you already know!

    Comment by Leah — August 30, 2008 @ 5:48 am

  10. I am giving up taking care of others. (No children will be harmed by this.)

    Comment by Mary Ann — August 31, 2008 @ 4:00 pm

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