The Thing I do Best is Now the Thing I Do FIRST

Shifting Priority

I have decided to change my priority
without worrying about inferiority
or the ways of the majority.
No longer will I pretend to put domestic concerns
ahead of my life’s purpose — Writing!

Back in the day any writing I did was secondary,
or confined to the secretary’s desk.
For a housewife back then
furtive moments  were doled out as rewards
or stray  opportunities to pen
wayward words or purloined phrases,
words of wisdom…
a note, a word, a reminder
–confined to the backs of envelopes
or shopping lists,
written in pen or pencil…or lipstick
or eyebrow pencil…

Gone are the days when making soup,
baking cookies…
and  pies
scrubbing and ironing…
or dashing through the store with a grocery cart
–all had  top priority over the Writing Art.
No frilly little aprons or caps
are needed to fulfill MY kind of Real Work–
no pretty cotton dresses
and certainly no high heels!

For now on–I have decided that Writing has top priority
and rather than hide it (regardless of seniority)
the thing I do best is the thing I do FIRST.


43 thoughts on “The Thing I do Best is Now the Thing I Do FIRST

  1. Lovely! Enjoyed reading this – had to smile, though at the end.
    Not sure if it was intentional, but found very amusing the last two lines of the post:

    “the thing I do best is the thing I do FIRST.


    Sometimes? 😉

    1. awkward? it’s about priority, the thing I do best is write…so that needs to take priority over anything else. I have always been a terrible housewife…not a bad cook…

    2. this is the one I zapped yesterday…it was awful, but it insisted on coming back! So I rewrote it. Maybe I should say “the thing I do best is the thing I NOW do First?”

      1. I know what you mean, my novels are stalled at various points…but my blog just sort of pours out. Some of it is nonsense, but its all sincere and honest I think.

      2. your welcome, I don’t know a lot about it, but you might just google “publishing companies” and see what comes up. self-publishing has gained more stature over recent years, I think, there are some reputable possibilities out there.

      3. IF I had anything ready I would do just what you are doing, work through traditional methods. I’m 81, so I’m pretty much old-school…though I sure do enjoy publishing stuff onto the blogs.

      4. Oh, yeah. My printer recently broke down. That will be my Xmas gift. In January I start contacting publishing house. I am determined to try all traditional avenues. Thanks for the suggestion. I see you are sincere. Thanks so much.

      5. I mentioned Writers Market…I don’t get it any more, but it used to list every conceivable publisher…what they want, genres, etc. and gives query information, who to contact, what to say…etc.

    1. I saw a quote by Gloria Steinem (I think) “Writing is the only thing I do that I don’t feel like I should be doing something else.” Not verbatim, but it sums it up well. 🙂

  2. I admire people who know their priorities and don’t put the “ordinary” stuff before them. If our hobbies and deeds can be a source of our health, joy and life energy we should do it and express ourselves as best as we can.
    Great poem! ☺

    1. thanks so much! If it were up to me I’d never do anything but write! As it is I wasn’t able to do my priorities until recently…one of the perks of getting old is you get to do whatever you want, pretty much. LOL

      1. I know a lot of people are scared of getting older and how their life will be but once you have something you can do, writing, painting, handcrafts, gardening, anything and it’s deep in your heart and mind it will be a pleasure to be “old”. Btw we are as old as old we will allow to ourself become.

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