Intake vs. Output

chair, mountain, Mt. Wilson Observatory

Some days I like trying new things. Other days, I want to just curl up in an armchair and read a book.

I feel like the world, or at least the world around me, is all about achievement, and I buy into it. When I learn new software, accomplish a goal, or write something I’m happy with, I get high on satisfaction.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though I can get overloaded and feel like I’m falling behind.

Reading doesn’t give me that—neither the high nor the fall—but it’s just as important. It’s intake rather than output, and intake makes output possible.

Other favorite forms of intake: John, Wilma, hiking, warmth, and of course food. Some of those give me more of a high than others.

#achievement#chair#hiking#Mount Wilson Observatory


  1. chris - October 28, 2016 @ 04:45

    We all have days like that… I love walking especially in extreme weather because I feel an accomplishment after enduring, either the cold or getting a good sweat or feeling the burn at the back of my thighs.. also working thru the weeds in the garden, moving plants from pots to a home in the ground… the physicalness helps work out the frustration, anger and the joy of completion.

    • Petrea - October 28, 2016 @ 06:37

      I love that, Chris. Your description is so clear. Accomplishment through effort and completion, yes.

  2. William Kendall - October 28, 2016 @ 08:53

    Reading gives your mind a chance to relax and regroup.

    • Petrea - October 28, 2016 @ 11:31

      Definitely. Better than sleeping.

  3. Lowell - October 28, 2016 @ 09:27

    I know that you can’t write if you don’t read; or you can’t write very well. Which reminds me that I need to catch up on some reading. Photoblogging tends to consume my life…

    • Petrea - October 28, 2016 @ 11:32

      It’s why I stopped doing the daily blog, Lowell. I enjoyed it, but I needed time to make a living!

  4. Bellis - October 29, 2016 @ 00:15

    I love reading but teenage memories of my mother getting mad at me for not helping her with the housework stop me doing it during daylight hours. How can I “laze around” reading a book while the housework piles up? Please help me before my pile of unread books takes over the house.

    I can’t think where the photo was taken. Who would carry a comfy chair all the way up there?

    • Petrea - October 29, 2016 @ 08:50

      We’ve got to kick away those teenage memories, both of us! What’s valuable to you? If you want to read a book, that’s up to you. I understand, though. I sometimes feel like getting out and exercising is wasting valuable daylight work time.

      I took the photo in one of the off-limits areas at Mt. Wilson Observatory. This is on the lawn near a cabin overlooking the east San Gabriel Valley.

  5. Shelley - October 29, 2016 @ 01:43

    Finding that balance between input and output can be tricky! If I get input overload, I have to do something physical to snap out of it. And I draw … all feels well in my world when I sit down and start drawing. 🙂

    • Petrea - October 29, 2016 @ 08:58

      Drawing is so natural for you, like writing is for me. It’s the thing you can lose yourself in, and find your bliss.

  6. magiceye - October 29, 2016 @ 03:45

    Reading is invigorating!

    • Petrea - October 29, 2016 @ 08:58

      I agree! A healthy pursuit.

  7. Lowell - October 30, 2016 @ 03:30

    From reading your home page, I got an idea. How’s about you buy my book, “Perched on the Edge,” and I’ll buy one of your books and we’ll compare notes? I’d be most interested in what you thought of my poetry.

    If not, that’s OK, too. Love that photo of you…so beautiful and elegant.

    • Petrea - November 1, 2016 @ 19:45

      Lowell, I didn’t know you wrote a book! I like the way you write, so I’ll read it! We should post reviews for each other, too. Every author needs as many reviews as they can get.

      I’m glad you like the photo. It’s a favorite of mine. I’m still working out more tweaks for the site.

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