I am stressed out right now. Here’s what I do when I am stressed: play Spider Solitaire — the four deck version. It’s no fun unless I’m really challenged, so it’s always four decks. Of course, how challenging can solitare be? I think there’ something really soothing about mindlessly moving ecards around the eboard.
When my kids come up the stairs, I sometimes lock the door. This allows me to complete my little addiction in private.
Do I feel guilty playing Spider Solitaire when the kids are home? Yes. Do I feel guilty playing Spider Solitaire when there are other things to do? Yes. Do I think my time would be better spent in the Bible? Certainly so.
So, why do I keep playing Spider Solitaire? It soothes me.
But the fact, is, I need to spend more time in the Bible. I need to get other things done. I need to focus on my kids more than a game.
I start that new job on Monday. I tell myself that I am one of those people who gets more done when I have more to do. I am hoping that will be the case when I go from working a 30-hour to a 40-hour week. I hope that those 10 hours of work will replace 10 hours of TV and Spider Solitaire. Mostly, I hope I end up spending more time in the Word, with the kids, and getting things done.
Oh, yes. I forgot. I need to get to the gym, too. AUGH!
Check back in a few months.