We made it through all nine Tranquility by Tuesday rules! On January 20th, I started this blog series highlighting, week by week, the nine rules I write about in Tranquility by Tuesday. I noted in my calendar that the last post would go up on March 23rd. And indeed it did. Time passes.
I hope you found the challenge useful. I know when I follow the nine rules my life tends to feel better. This past week has been challenging in various ways — logistically in terms of day to day driving and activities and childcare arrangements. And emotionally — a member of my chamber choir passed away rather unexpectedly this week. We found out she’d been hospitalized right before rehearsal last week and then learned last night that she was gone.
(Longtime readers may recall that it was exactly this time of year in 2018 when I lost a fellow choir member from a different choir — you can read that post here.)
Anyway, I know that matters of productivity and time management can seem mundane. Or as I put it in that post from 2018, “We are spinning on an improbable planet in the middle of cold space. A young man with a rich and enthusiastic voice gets on a helicopter and a few hours later is being cut out of his harness. And here I am talking about turning a 30-minute meeting into a 20-minute one.”
But ultimately being satisfied with how we spend our hours leads to being satisfied with how we spend our lives — however long those lives may wind up being.
I don’t know how many days I have, but in general I have more energy on those days when I go to bed at a reasonable time and move my body if at all possible. I don’t know how many weeks I have (4000, maybe?), but in general those weeks feel less chaotic when I plan on Fridays and think through my priorities. My big adventure this week was traveling to DC to see the cherry blossoms at near-peak bloom — an experience that always reminds me of the wonder of this planet (with the fleeting blooms themselves being something of a metaphor). And life feels more joyous when I take one night each week to sing in my various choirs — making beautiful music with fellow singers who are all transiently here together.
I hope the Tranquility by Tuesday rules have been helpful for you as well. I’ve had a few folks ask about running an additional cohort for the challenge, and since the emails are automated I’m sure I can work something out that people can start at various points. So stay tuned on that.
In other news: Speaking of books…Gretchen Rubin’s new book, Life in Five Senses, will be out next month. I got to read an advance copy and enjoyed it! It is vintage Gretchen, and very much like the Happiness Project in style. She has a quiz to help you figure out your “neglected sense” here. Mine turns out to be “touch.” A good reason to turn on the seat warmer in the car during these last cold winter days…
Photo: Cherry blossoms — always fleeting — blooming around the Tidal Basin this week