April 29th, 2015
When Time Frees Up Again
The best part about not having time to do something for weeks (or months) is the feeling when you actually get a chance to do it again.
The past few days have been full of things like that for me because the past few weeks (and months) have been completely crazy. I moved across the river, my girlfriend and her dog moved in and then out. I’ve given seminars on MINTOA and had my artwork featured in an international exhibit. All exciting things! But the combination of all of these things had left me on my very basic routine of necessities. Don’t get me wrong, I love to have a routine that covers just the basics, it is especially helpful during overwhelmingly busy times. Having all of my long term plans and goals written in my MINTOA binder allows me to fully let go sometimes and simply focus on the large tasks at hand.
Which all leads to the excitement over the little things when the big things are out of the way! On Monday, I chopped up vegetables for the first time in 8 days. I know it was 8 days because I bought said vegetables on the Sunday before. I had bought them to eat during the week, yet in the entire 8 days I hadn’t touched them.
I’m sure this leads you to thinking one of two things, either “I never chop vegetables” or “I could never go 8 days without chopping vegetables.” Life is constantly reminding me that it is different for everyone. We all have such different experiences on the planet and what stresses one person out may be no big deal to another and vice versa.
For me, these 8 days were stressful. I constantly looked in the fridge and watched some really good food go to waste. Salvaging cucumber, celery, and green pepper made for a delightful dinner and as I completed the preparation, I remember just standing back and thinking “I love to chop vegetables. I also love to eat them.” That tiny act of cutting a few vegetables up was so fulfilling to me because I had been putting it off for so long.
Yesterday, I was able to do two more things that are very important to me. First, I took the time to vacuum out my car. When I got my first new car, which I paid for myself, I vacuumed it every week. Until yesterday, I hadn’t vacuumed it for at least two months. To make it worse, I had also used my car to move all of my possessions and had the dog in the car numerous times. I’m allergic to dogs. Yesterday, when I was done vacuuming the car, I was So Happy. For me, taking care of my belongings is an extension of taking care of myself. Self-care makes me happy and taking care of my car makes me happy. It was a winning day!
It was also a winning night! I have two cousins who also live on the West Bank and I realized I hadn’t seen them since I moved to this side! Yesterday night we had a wonderful Italian meal together. It was so nice to catch up and hear the updates of their lives. I am so luck to have such warm and loving family members!
Overall, the past few days have reminded me to take pleasure in the little things. They have also been really good encouragement to remember that when things get crazy, there will be excitement waiting on the other end when they start to calm back down again.