So, it's been a while since my last missive, hasn't it? With days on end of 100+ degrees, I've just been stymied trying to get much done - outside or inside. Are you feeling the same way?
Yes, this weather and all the fun that summer traditionally bring have brought full-force the recognition of situational disorganization. This, as opposed to chronic disorganization, when no matter what, you just can't seem to get a thing done, year after year after year. Heat or cold; life's events - happy or sad; looking for permanent vs. temporary fixes - situational disorganization comes and goes. I've been facing that in droves of late!
Up at the crack of dawn just to get walks in or some gardening done before we get to 90 degrees, and working long into the evenings, with a lot of 'dead time' in the middle of the day, right? The desire to just go-go-go has sort of gone recently, but I know to be kind to myself and am dealing with any guilt by reminding myself to just be present, be mindful, be grateful. Sound a bit woo-woo to you? Don't worry - your get-up-and-go will return as we put away the iced teas and jump into fall, which is just around the corner.
In the meantime, please remember that there is no such thing as perfection, so aim for good enough to get the most mundane tasks done. I'm talking about the laundry, ironing (what's that, millenials might ask?), housekeeping, shopping and cooking - keep it easy and just 'git 'er done! Salads have been our main fare lately and that's not only healthy but less expensive than many food options, so all's well. Looking for the 'easy way out' always works, and fits right into the 'good enough' philosophy. That said, remember that 'good enough' isn't to be equated with being sloppy or slovenly - just cut yourself a break on any and all 'rules' you may have been raised with or concocted over the years. Be easy on yourself - be easy on yourself - I can't repeat that enough!
Yoga and Pilates have been our exercise recently; lawn care is hired out; reading has taken on new importance; gardening is just what must be done - watering and deadheading, early in the day. Guess what? There's nothing wrong with wanting to slow down and move more slowly through these heated days. Watching our cats is always a good lesson - running around early and late in the day and that's it for any major progress. Nothing wrong with this, right?
So, there! Have I made you feel less guilty about your lack of progress on that To-Do List? Aim for 2-3 items per week, maybe, instead of 2-3 per day - the Completion Police are on vacation, too! Handle The Musts and then enjoy the rest of your day - speedy times are coming when vacations are over and the kids head back to school.
Recognize this bit of wisdom from Oprah: "The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate." ENJOY, and we can all get busy next month!
Here's to seeing the balance in all and taking in each moment!
Hope all is well in your neck of the woods and that you're able to stay cool! We are SO fortunate in my locale in that we are not suffering through massive fires or inundated with flooding. My thoughts go out to those brave souls who are dealing with all this devastation and loss.
So, every so often I have to rant a bit, while sharing some wonderful, fabulous tips or ideas on how to be more productive or organized, right? HA! Let me share a bit of that this time 'round, OK? It's all about smart phones, folks!
The August/September, 2017 issue of AARP Magazine even devotes a page to "The Perils of Smartphones". Are you aware, notes the article, that you could be suffering from "Text Neck," "Bum Thumb," eye strain and, imagine this: distractibility?!
In last Sunday's Union-Bulletin (8/14/16), Roz Warren of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote a great piece entitled, "Is there an app for looking up and noticing life?" Duh - NO! It's even worse now, with the recent Pokeman Go craze. That game has been touted as being so wonderful at getting kids off the couch and families outside. Really?! You can tell in a milli-second what they are doing as players are hunched down, oblivious to where they are walking (or what they walking into!), blinding looking to see where the next creature might pop up (your backyard, maybe?)!
Which brings me to an admission: we just got a smartphone! No ... we will NOT be giving up our land-line; doing much texting or snap-chatting; suffering untold loss of attention-span as we sit with this device 24/7/365. Guess it just got a bit too embarrassing to be seen with a flip-phone, and some traveling coming up prompted the decision, too.
The refusal to buy one has sort of been our bid for 'civil disobedience' and not following the crowd. We've always avoided getting this sort of phone due to the expense and what we have seen most smart phone users 'become.' Ever noticed that The Phone is always the uninvited but ever-present thing at the table or in the lap or even on a walk or bicycle ride? Sheesh! The Warren article notes that "Once you have a smartphone, you are never entirely there again. Some part of you is always elsewhere, either inside the screen or waiting to be summoned." WOW - not good, folks, right?
Oh, yes - I most certainly see the benefit of the myriad apps and having information at your fingertips, but will be paying attention to Life and not just looking at it through some lens (including camera lens, right? I've been bad about that in the past - no more!). Warren additionally notes that, until she interrupted the screen viewers, none of them would have noticed the most beautiful rainbow that emerged suddenly after a rain squall.
Here's to seeing the rainbows in your life!
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