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)