October, is the start of our last quarter as we are near the end of another year. Sometimes we can feel time is running out, what can we do with the time left?
People can get so wrapped up in exterior activities whether extracurricular activities for their kids, holidays, politics, that just living life has lost it’s meaning. Being overly committed and obligated can cause us to be well-spent emotionally, financially, and with our time.
Routines are a practice that may not always be honestly rewarding. If it is our practice to watch television for three or four hours before bed so as to relax it is a choice. Is there a more rewarding choice? My husband bought a lathe for woodworking at a yard sale. Brock, 23, after work has been coming home from work making beautiful cups and bowls. He is enjoying it and it is rewarding. Is there an activity whether creative or purposeful that would be beneficial to do a night or two each week?
I am naturally a clutter bug, yet, my floors are clean. Piles, piles still occupy the perimeter of many spaces in our home. How they get there, where they come from, I can never see it happening, yet, I am the culprit. As I am practicing better habits, not adding to the problem, it still happens. I have been working on an area outside my painting area or artist corner. It seems my creative forces has emerged from the room and congested beyond the room. Is there an excuse? I have an empty cabinet in there, and drawers half full, and the books put up on top of the cabinet. These are all holdups and blocks to my creativity.
In the evening I have been putting on good music and working in there a few minutes, turning it into a real artists retreat. Privately, I am a bit turned off by the junky furniture. It is all like new, it is just pressed board stuff you could get cheap. I love good wood. If it was made the same of walnut, or cherry, as you can see, I am a brat.
I feel so much appreciation for this area I have, when there have been times in my life where I did not have an artists den. So, I want to occupy the space since my secret is out about the furniture which looks new. I am ashamed of myself for such notions. That represents life too, maybe we have notions that hold us up.
“If only I were thin I would” do this or wear that; If only I had an exercize machine or a membership; if only someone loved me I would do this; if only my home was like this I would invite people over; if only my mate would buy me flowers or be more romantic. “If Only”!!!. We can be set back with thinking like this.
An exaggerated answer to the “If Onlies.” My son says this is an oxymoron. There is no plural to the concept of only. He could be correct, but for purposes he may be slow to understand, he still says we have a ton of “if only” in our life. It is plural no matter how you put it. John says, “If only the dog didn’t stop to crap in the road I would not be late to work.” As we debate on proper or improper use. I would still like to make a long awaited for point.
If only I were thin I would wear more chic outfits. When I was in my low 130’s I fretted because I was not in my low 120’s, then prednisone gave me an extra 45lbs that compounded the problem, ashamed I wore thrift store duds. I wouldn’t buy the close I really liked because I did not deserve it til I lost some weight. Now, at 205 lbs and on antiobotics and other meds my weight is still going up despite my efforts. I am buying and have been buying new garments that are tasteful and comfortable. I feel better no longer stressing over this “If Only” business causes years to go by wasted.
If only, is a matter of procrastination. It makes our excuse sound valid. Invite friends to your home even though it is not perfect. It they are your friend they will pitch in an help with no judgement or just have a good time.
Do not wait for a bouquet of flowers and romance. Buy the flowers yourself, and buy a new tie or dress socks for your man, and give a card expressing appreciation for all his hardwork and love. Gifts are gifts, not a matter of exchange. Do not wait for romance, create it. If they miss the point of our ovature at least they know we love them. They likely need us to romance them more than we need them to. Just remember, when our mate works long days, their minds may not be thinking about romance, their romance is their sacrifice going out working to put the roof over our head and food on the table. It is a valid gift that is not appreciated often enough. It can be more stressful or even degrading then we realize for them at work. Let them come home to a big smile, a warm hug, with respect and appreciation. We may be the only thing that puts joy an motivation in our mates life. Women whom work like this benefit the same as men do by the unexpected gifts, or words of appreciation.
So, instead of over extending ourselves needlessly, let us look at our life.. can we see what routines or habits can be modified so as to bring greater joy and accomplishment in our life. By switching things up a couple nights a week. Whether by inviting others over, doing extra cleaning, getting ahead on our taxes, going for early evening walk, doing a craft or hobby we enjoy. We can examine our life by finding ways to destress, and declutter.
We have someone come in an clean once a week doing things that are hard for me. It is a necessity. And it helps me to get more done.
How about a trip to the zoo before it gets too cold, or the museums, or the library. Let us make use of this month to get a few things back on track. We will have pride an joy instead of depression.
This is a very stressful quarter for many. Slow down, save your money, enjoy the great outdoors. End the year doing the things you promised yourself you would be doing when the year started.