Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Saturday, April 24, 2021
"During the gap time, I feel creative and eager to jump into a new project, but no matter how hard I try, it's just not right. It's as though part of me is embracing the new me, but the old me hasn't quite let go."
It happened again recently. I ordered a few small things from IKEA and while the colander was perfect, the study lamp was too tall. What was I thinking?
"Living Each Day is about spending time on what I value. And some days, sitting out in the sunshine reading a book is the very best thing I could be doing with my time."
The gap time is a good time for me to revisit my values and find ways to realign with them.
"The fragrances of the summer day were so strong that they pulled my attention away from the problem and back into the moment. They reminded me that there were more important things to do than mull over problems."
Pandemic news can be so compelling, I need joy for balance.
"I love hanging out the laundry in the nice weather. It's not just an excuse to get some fresh air and sunshine, it's good for me. The simple pleasure I take from it gives me a time out from all the other matters that want my attention and helps integrate me."
Taking care of myself is so important. So are simple pleasures.
"When I step outside each morning and listen to the sounds around me, it helps me reconnect with the whole world. When I light a candle for a friend, it helps me bring the emotions I am feeling into a positive physical form. When I feel overwhelmed, making a cup of tea is a small ritual that can bring me back into myself. While the rituals themselves are not the meaning, they are not superficial. We need them. We love them. We use them all the time."
Sometimes I just need to sit down and have a cup of tea.
Thursday, March 18, 2021
Monday, February 22, 2021
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Sunday, September 27, 2020
- I have a hard time reading more than magazine level stuff.
- I can't find much interest in starting new projects or updating old ones.
- Multitasking becomes hard/impossible.
- The idea of going out to lunch with a friend seems like work.
- I feel like I can't handle one more responsibility, or even the ones I have.
- Planning supper is hard even though I have a freezer full of food.
- I have no tolerance for others breaching my boundaries or bullying.
- I spend lots of alone time so I don't have to interact with others.
- I spend time in nature: birds, trees, whatever is nearby. They make no demands.
- I walk for pleasure. If it's fun, the exercise I get is a happy side effect.
- I cook when I have the kitchen to myself and can putter at my own pace. I find it nourishing.
- I listen to music or radio, watch TV or read books that soothe the heart or make me laugh.
- I take one thing at a time.
- If anything seems even remotely stressful, I back out if possible. If I can't back out, I ask for help.
- I connect with people who make no demands of me.
- I rethink my responsibilities. Responsibility = Response Ability. I say "no" a lot and worry less about what others are doing.
- I lay off the self-judgement. It just adds stress when I try to maintain the illusion that I should be managing life differently.