Feast or Famine

Life of Riley

Cool drinks with little umbrellas.

Sailing into the sunset for excitement and adventure.

We feast on a lifestyle that most only dream.

So why do I write about feast and famine?

Because life isn’t that simple no matter where you are. It could be that the weather decides to drop copious amounts of moisture, when the ground says enough. The opposite is also true when the skies have nothing to offer up.

What about fortune and misfortune? In today’s economy we’re lucky to have a job and able to put food on the table with a bit left over for a rainy day.

All this and more are real and what we have to live with everyday. In my world there are plenty of feast or famine swings of the pendulum. More recently the famine includes communication. Lack of internet is very real in the islands. I don’t think I’ve gone this long without good internet in all the time we’ve been sailing.

Just thinkā€¦. No Facebook, No Twitter, No Email and most importantly, No phone calls.

Could you turn off the electronics for a week or more? My life has been off-line for almost three weeks with just barely enough look into the cracks of life outside the islands.

What have I done in the interim? What can we all do when the fates turn the tables on us?

We make do. It’s scary being without the normal and cut off from the outside world. Not because life doesn’t move on. It does. But we’re forced to discover a bit more about ourselves. We dig deep into the depth of who we are what we were before all the social media took hold.

Believe it or not there’s more depth to life when you shut out the world, or face a challenge. How else can we learn and grow? Sometimes famine can turn into a feast when you slow down and look.

What challenges have you had to face recently and how did you deal with the challenge? On the flip side, can you see the benefits of the change?

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About Nancy J Nicholson

Nancy J. Nicholson is a wife, mother, writer, and full-time sailor, writing of her adventures and creating contemporary mysteries along the shores of the eastern United States and Caribbean. She fills her time with new friends, exploration, food, knitting and reading.
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6 Responses to Feast or Famine

  1. It’s hard to find time in life where you are cut off. Sounds hard, but in reality it refreshing when there’s nothing you can do about it except enjoy. I love those times on the boat. More time with friends, family, pets, exercising, and writing. It’s also feels good to get reconnected when you can. Glad to have you back!

  2. Carol Roe says:

    Nancy, we missed you. I do think I could go unplugged for a month ! (I sure would not miss the phone or televison.) O.K. I might have with drawals from the old P.C. !!! LOL
    Change is hard, we often fight it, but then later look back to see it was a GOOD thing.
    hugs…

  3. Welcome back! I hope you are going to share some of your stories from the past three weeks? Where on earth are you?

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