Sometimes life is crap and then it is not.
I have found that I can get through the plunging parts if I focus on something that brings me fulfillment and / or forces me to work towards a goal. Reaching out and grabbing hold helps unclench my fingers gripped around my thumbs. My eyes look to the distance rather than that unfocused stare looking back over and over and over and over . . . There is nothing to be done to make the story have a different ending, except to write another chapter, and another.
Recently I recalled a couple of times when I re-focused and reached way outside my comfort zone to transform and energize my life. Although the expression ‘comfort zone’ has become hackneyed, I believe that comfort is a prime motivation for Americans habituated by advertising. The first was about sixteen years ago when I started walking. I lived in
When I left the corporate world for my own business in 2003 I gave myself an extreme makeover in my physical activity, ending addictions and commitment to living the kind of simple, frugal life I could be proud of living. This period for me now is a re-dedication to that transformation and the patterns started back in
What works for me is to impose some arbitrary structure. I have made a plan (I just can’t escape the concept of make-a-plan) to follow a series of daily, weekly routines for a long enough period to create a set of patterns that will become somewhat reflexive. I think this will be the outline for a start.
Dawn routine: Get up, brush hair, wash face, brush teeth (water into bucket for plants), toilet (flush & swish w/soda) & dress – including shoes. Make coffee and put quinoa or oatmeal out in solar cooker. Water plants or just weed some. Make bed, open curtains, pour coffee into carafe and into mug. Have one cup while eating and reading book (outside preferable) before morning work chunk. Est. 6 am
Sunset routine: Figure out next day’s meals, clothes, projects & pull out what is necessary (like soaking beans). Sweep floor and porches. Feed worms the day’s scraps while checking plants. Wash any dishes and wipe surfaces of counters, tables & desk stuff with dishrag (fresh one each day). Put grey water into shower bucket for morning toilet flush. Close doors & curtains and dress for bed. Est
These AM / PM routines are just a portion of the things I have been recording. The need for them has been growing for weeks and weeks. I have a whole series of constructs for walking, working, reading and other aspects of my life. I will no doubt blog each and every word. Today I simply name these two routines as a starting place. Chile Chews has an addiction challenge and I named procrastination as the thing I was going to give up. Hey, procrastination is rough for its ubiquitous nature. Every moment of every day could potentially bring procrastination from something or other. I will consider my challenge successful if I can incorporate these dawn and sunset routines into my life.
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