I have been very busy at work lately. So busy that all my creative energy has been tapped and I have not written a new entry in quite some time. So busy that between 9 AM on Monday and 6 PM on Friday I think of little else besides my job. So busy that today I had the genius idea to answer the phone while simultaneously licking the envelope to my Mom’s birthday card. This caused me a large paper cut on the side of my upper lip. It hurts a lot, not least of all because pretty much everything I have done today has aggravated it. Laughing, smiling, talking, eating salad with balsamic vinaigrette, and eating salted Smokehouse almonds (this actually makes it sound like all I did all day was feel happy and eat, which I assure you was not the case). I’m wondering how it will ever heal since I cannot very well put Neosporin or a band-aid on my mouth and it seems destined to keep stretching (eew).
Of course, this got me to thinking: exactly how much time did I save by answering the phone while licking an envelope? .00428 seconds? Is that worth the eternal pain of mouth trauma? Let this be a reminder to all of us that it’s ok – if not preferable – to slow it down every once in a while. Next week I will probably not even remember what I worked on today, but it is likely that my lip will still hurt.