This past week I found out I got the bid on a project to construct 15 tables for a local bar. There is a May 15th completion date. That work, in addition to 3 other construction jobs my crew has been working on, caused me to start feeling overwhelmed. The sheer volume of details I needed to stay on top of started to make my mind go blank.
Ever have that happen?
I’d make a list, several lists, then proceed to lose the lists.
Inside of me there is a place I would best describe as my inner garden.
I wasn’t even aware of its existence until my late 20’s when life’s pressures caused me to stop/ take stock in the multiple activities and responsibilities I was getting crushed by. Several (not all) of them I had unwittingly brought on myself.
My inner world was a mess.
The well was running dry.
I’ve written about it before, so I won’t repeat myself other than to say it was a watershed moment in my life where the people pleasing part of me had to tell several significant powerful people in my life “no” all in the same week :-)
Don’t think that wasn’t fun.
So currently, as a new construction season begins, our household garden(s), apple orchard and harvest table business all clamor for my attention I have a reference point.
I refuse to get sucked into too many responsibilities.
I crave and need margin.
Taking regular naps does not mean I am lazy, it mean’s I understand how to pace myself.
Feel free to burn your candle at both ends.
Each of us has been issued only so much wick. ;-)
Here are some random things, in no particular order that really do enable me to stay centered most of the time:
Living in the country. Growing things. Having a few small animals to tend and love. Our dog Libby does a great job doling out unconditional love to me.
Libby the Great.
(If you ever come to visit, bring her a bone and you will have a friend for life. )
I am allergic to committee meetings. Period.
Here are a few mantra’s I love:
“Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.”
“I have the right to change my mind.”
Here are a couple of life changing books I’ve inhaled:
And finally here are some pictures of our East Orchard. The apple orchard is a great place for me to quiet my soul and regroup:
Spring sunrise in the East Orchard
Afternoon sunshine in the East Orchard
Fall Harvest in the East Orchard
Winter down time in the East Orchard
Apple tree taking a break, a long break.
Tell me about some of the ways you “regroup” after a long day or period of stress. I love details. (Specific beverages, movies, places, people, books, activities hobbies, etc)