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Anne Lamott on Finding Time

I admit that I don’t know much about Anne Lamott (that probably makes me a criminal, since I’m an English teacher and a bibliophile). However, in a recent Teachers as Writers class I participated in, we were given “Time Lost and Found,” an article of musings on how we use our time.

I took a few things away from Anne’s article:

  • “manic forms of connectivity” — I like that angle of looking at things like texting, email, twitter, facebook, etc. Whenever I feel like I must respond to these communications immediately so that I have a clean inbox or a phone free of notification icons, aren’t I just being obsessive-compulsive in a socially normal way?
  • “no one needs to watch the news every night, unless one is married to the anchor” — I just found that line humorous; with news, I err on the other side of the spectrum, and probably should pay attention to it more
  • “there is nothing you can buy, achieve, own, or rent that can fill up that hunger inside for a sense of fulfillment and wonder” — who can disagree with this? Tim Keller loves to use a great C. S. Lewis quote that refers to this concept. Lamott calls this her core belief and the foundation for almost all wisdom traditions
  • “they are absolutely sincere, and they are delusional” — referring to folks who say they’ll do X as soon as they retire or get a job or have kids or the kids move out
  • “at 80, will they be proud that they spent their lives keeping their houses cleaner than anyone else in the family did?” — how piercing. At 80, will I be happy to have spent my time at home thinking of and working on work, or picking away at my book review stack, or writing a blog post? No.

There is a lot of great food for thought (and action) here, provided you can avoid the suggested deification of the capital-S “Self” in the closing paragraph of the article. I highly recommend reading it.

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About davestuartjr
Dave Stuart Jr. is a full-time teacher who writes about becoming better, saner teachers at TeachingtheCore.com. He is a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband to Crystal, and a father to Hadassah, Laura, and Marlena.

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