Relative Something

*this* John W. Hays' take on things and experiences

Slowing Down

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I’m going to try something new. With apologies to those of you who have told me how much you enjoy checking in every morning to read or view my daily “relative somethings,” I have decided to readjust my energies to free up time that I have been holding in reserve every day for over a decade.

I am not going to commit to how this change will play out, other than to announce that I am moving away from my old priority of striving to assure a new post every single day. This isn’t the first time I have considered making this sort of change, so I already have some ideas I may try out going forward.

One possibility I have favored in the past would be to post a single picture. That seems like it wouldn’t take much time. However, I have learned from experience that my picture-taking often goes in spurts and days can pass when I don’t get out with the camera. If I committed to posting a daily picture, I would still be in the mode of reserving some time every day to achieve that.

There are also fewer daily stories to tell about our adventures here since we returned the horses and Wintervale activity has dwindled, so, to spare you repeating versions of ‘me walking Delilah’ or ‘me plowing snow’ (two things that have commanded my time and energy recently), allowing some quiet time between tales will hopefully germinate new content of more intriguing substance.

One can hope.

Of course, one other option I considered was to just cease blogging altogether, but being so “all-or-none” extreme was an older trait of mine that has softened with time. There is no reason I can’t keep this blog space open for use as more of a periodical. Weekly? Monthly?

Who knows?

That sort of mystery is one of the fun aspects of creativity. I will be creative about slowing down my rate of publishing posts.

Before I step away for my initial pause from daily posting, I’ll leave you with two images that made their way onto the SD memory card late yesterday afternoon…









No critters were harmed in the recording of that adventure (but not for lack of intent).

I’ll be back before long. In the meantime, send your precious love out into the world during the minutes you would have been perusing new Relative Somethings in the days ahead.




Written by johnwhays

January 24, 2020 at 7:00 am

8 Responses

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  1. I understand and support your change in routine BUT I MISS YOU❣️ 😘


    January 26, 2020 at 10:03 am

    • Aaawww. Thanks! It’s a weird dynamic, because I don’t notice the absence that you and other regular readers experience.


      January 26, 2020 at 10:10 am

  2. Today’s affirmation on my calendar:
    “I give up freely what is no longer serving me. I release it to create space for what inspires me.”
    Love ya! Liz


    January 24, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    • Thank you!


      January 24, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    • I love this, Liz!

      Love you, Dad! I admire how you model growth through change. I look forward to seeing where your creative energy takes you. 🙂 xoxo, E


      January 25, 2020 at 10:56 am

      • Thank you. You are so very precious to me, your words touch me deeply! Oodles of love to you, E!


        January 25, 2020 at 11:59 am

  3. Will miss the daily update, but can appreciate that there are times for change. In between the daily mundane and thoughtful poetry and/or photo, you often shared an interesting insight or shed some light on life’s journey, and those were also appreciated. Looking forward to whatever that is. Namaste…


    January 24, 2020 at 8:05 am

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