The Interruptions

interruption
[ ìntə rúpshən ]
NOUN
a pause, break, or temporary halt in an ongoing activity or process
I’ve said this before, but I’m saying it again…and probably again and again…
“Sometimes the interruptions are the work that needs to be done.”
You know that day (or week) when you have a plan to get it all together, and then life happens.  The unplanned for thing(s) that you couldn’t have expected, but probably should have.
Illness, injury,  a forgotten appointment, a friend in need –  you know, the next door neighbor in her 70’s whose roof got seriously damaged during a storm and another storm is on its way.
That’s the kind of thing I’m talking about.  The things you need to do.  The things you want to do.  But, in the back of your mind you’re thinking:  but I have a list.  A list of things I’m going to work on today.  I’m going to do those things and cross them off and everything is going to be all better.
Except that’s not life.  It’s certainly not the life you are trying to get your life together in order to live.
I want to clear my clutter and organize my life so that life’s happenings aren’t seen as interruptions.  So that I can focus on doing what needs to be done without feeling like I don’t have time.
I want to be the person who is there for someone who needs them.  The person who isn’t half-way present.  I don’t want to feel like the work I need to do is an interruption.
Sorry for this hastily written blog.  I’ve only got a minute to jot this down, but I suspect that I’m not the only person who struggles with this.  I hope it doesn’t sound as much like a rant as I suspect it does. it’s meant to be more of a “share”.  I am frustrated – with myself mostly.
I want faster progress.  I want improvement now.  It’s been a busy week – full of life (interruptions).
Peace.
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Great Things

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” -Van Gogh

Nothing big happening ’round here, but I did want to drop in and share that I have been steadily working towards my goals:  a simpler and more intentional life (among other things).

Just nothing great enough to share details or photos of. Except maybe this:

Before…

Before

And now…

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Not done yet, but…

Work is being done inside and out with the help of family. Little bits here and there to the donate pile.  Trash out to the curb.

Decisions made about prioritizing and planning projects.  Making lists of things to be done and checking off what has been done.

Endeavoring to balance work with fun.

Consciously living life to the best of my ability!

Gross

I had some free labor available today, so we switched rooms.  Now, we’re working in the living room!

And…the carpet and pad is all pulled up!  One word to describe it:

GROSS.

I will never, ever, ever live in a place with carpet again.  With or without pets.  But, especially with pets.  Going to do you a favor and not post a before or after picture.  The dust may have been the worst of it.  I repeat:

GROSS.

I am so happy it is gone – or almost gone.  Out of the house at least.

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Home (Life) improvement massively underway.  Who knew having a plan (and actually working on it) could result in such progress!

Life is good.