When I Go…

When I go to work I want to do a good job.   I want to be thorough.  Disciplined and helpful to those who I’m supposed to be helping.

When it’s time to go home, I want to go home.

When I go home I want to love my space, love my place, and do what I can to make our home a happy home.

When it’s time to go out, I want to go out.

When I go out I want to see things I haven’t seen, experience things I haven’t done, and be places I’ve never been.

When it’s time to relax, I want to relax.

I want to know when to slow down, breathe easy, laugh or contemplate, absorb the moments of peace.

When it’s time to go on a bike ride, I want to ride!

I want to be amazed by the depth of the dark blue sky, or be aware of the smells – even if it is the stinky weed smell that reminds me of Fritos.

When it’s time to give, I want to give joyfully.

I want to give of myself and my abilities to help, aide or comfort, give laughs or tears, and make a difference.

When it’s time to go, I want to go.

When I go, I want to do so having spent every second of every day when I  had it to go to.

35 thoughts on “When I Go…

  1. The way you weave your words is amazing to me. I too hope that what I want to do gives me peace and when I was reading this that is what I felt. Thank You.


  2. Way to GO, Colleen 🙂

    I like this. Makes much sense to me, yes. When I go to work: do it, walk away: go home, be home. Like it.


  3. I believe I’m repeating an earlier commenter but I agree, if I am, “For everything there is a time,” (or something like that if I have it wrong), and as it should be. Nice poem.

    In today’s world we juggle too many things at once and don’t concentrate on any ONE of them the way we should.


    • Thank you Tess. I’m very guilty of not paying attention to where I am or what I’m doing. But I want to be in the moment I am in, I am making a concentrated effort to be so.


  4. Great reminder to do what we intend to do at a particular moment.

    The teasing over who commented first is pretty hilarious too! I love the affection y’all have here.



    • Thank you Nancy. I’m very fortunate to have such great folks who read and comment, yourself included.

      I hope to remind myself of this when I get too much in a hurry to be in the next moment.


  5. I like the sense of purpose that even comes in saying “enough” sometimes. I’d rather make that a choice than just run out of steam and take that as a default position! You have a great perspective and share it with conviction. I like that. 🙂


    • Thank you very much. I usually waiver somewhat on many things I should be more convincing about. So if I stand strong in some convictions, I am glad these are some of them. 🙂


  6. Love this! As I was reading it, I was thinking that this could be on a plaque or something you hang in your house…that anyone hangs in their house. Then I got to the stinky weeds that smell like Fritos part!! WHC!! Seriously this is so good!


  7. Wow… Your usage of words continually amazes me (us). You are a knogger supreme, Chatter Master. This blog – everything transitions so perfectly.

    But I did notice only one exclamation point…after the word “ride”. 🙂


  8. Colleen, The moment I read this I immediately thought of the Byrds, “Turn, Turn, Turn.” I thought it would be cool to go get a copy of the song and include it in my post, but when I scanned the other comments much to my not so surprised eyes our dear friend Paulette stole my thunder (that and I didn’t see it until 3 days after it was posted LOL)

    Such a simple words with so so much meaning. I truly love your ability to say so much with such an economy of words. It is a blessing. Please take care, Bill


    • Thank you so much Bill. Amazing, to me, that it prompted the same thought in both of you. 🙂

      (Don’t always expect economy of words. Sometimes I waste words too. 🙂 ) Haha!


    • Thanks Irish Katie. I will use them as well to motivate myself when I am doing nothing and remember the moments I am doing something else I “have” to do and while doing the ‘have to’s” I wish I had time to do what I “want” to do. 🙂


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