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Round and Round I go. . .the never-ending hunt for loose threads

by Alison on June 2, 2014 · 6 comments

in Blogging,Conscious Living Tools,Mindfullness,Mindset,Writing

My week begins on Sunday.  I start by assembling a post for the blog.  This serves as both a ritual for ending one week and OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAbeginning another.

Each Sunday something from the previous week stands out that catches my attention and causes me to write. Except this week.  This week there appeared to be nothing. . . but the never-ending hunt for loose threads.

Round and round I go’ kept repeating in my head.  I could not come up with a single stimulating idea or inspirational thought worth its weight in print.  The urge to ‘do’ something caused me to question what exactly I had done all week.

And so the mental check list began; I’d opted in on a new home care assignment, made enough Italian red sauce to feed the neighborhood, found a new outlet for my travel writing,  finished the rag rug project I began 2 months ago, rearranged my living area and prepared the outdoor patio for summer. . . yet even with all that I’d ‘done’, it seemed there should be more to do. . .and  write about.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEnergized for something, I worked on a grocery list for next week while settling in for yet another dish of pasta and red sauce. . .this is when the light dawned.  I was being visited by the energy of completion. . which felt surprisingly unsettling.

Completion is the aspect of time that generates human energy” came words I remembered from an old time management workshop.  I’d completed my craft project, the personal care case started and stopped in just four short days, I’d found a potential market for my written pieces, the garden had taken hold and was growing nicely on its own. . . for all intents and purposes I was officially “DONE” ! So much space had been created as a result of all the completions I’d experienced, that I literally didn’t have anything left to do that needed doing.  The doer in me however, was still going round and round looking for something (anything) to “do”.

We humans are hard wired for action.  We often suffer from the belief that our lives need to be tightly woven. We are OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAprogrammed to look for loose threads.

Taking a break from doing – so as to enjoy the fruits of our labors – can sometimes feel as uncomfortable as navigating life in a foreign country.

And with that thought I tell myself; “Just for today I will enjoy doing nothing while sipping homemade lemonade”. . .right after I write my blog post and go to the market for fresh lemons:)

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  • Donna Shiloh June 2, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Just chill and enjoy your break in ‘doing’ . . .after most of my life being Type A overdrive I have learned to just kick back and be. Now days procrastination is my preferred mode! :-)

    • Alison June 3, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Ah yes, Donna good lesson learned. . .just kick back and be:)

  • Laurie Buchanan June 2, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Alison – Love it! I think we’re kindred spirit :)
    Laurie Buchanan´s last blog post ..Reader, Reader, Wherefore Art Thou?

    • Alison June 3, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      It would seem that way, I agree Laurie:)

  • Brenda Hoffman June 17, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Hi Alison,
    Something similar happened to me just a few days ago. Realized that the resulting boredom etc was preparation for the next phase – whatever/when that is – and like you just chilled reading books, having fun. Life is good.
    Blessings, Love and Sparkles,

    • Alison June 23, 2014 at 10:34 am

      Ah, good for you Brenda. So happy to see your sharing here.

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