Sunday, September 11, 2011

Balance Challenge #11; Slow down, List I go crazy!

 One day at a time--this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering.” 
Do you find yourself doing one thing while thinking about another? Like when I was riding down that hill too fast and fell off Blanche crashing into the street. Right before the fall, my brain was reeling with seven other thoughts when I should’ve focused on dismounting my single wheeler and keeping my can off the pavement. Now my (current) problem?  I left my wallet at the check stand in Vons. Driving back to retrieve it , I angrily told myself, “Slow down!”
My two days off work are jammed (It’s uber-chore consolidation).   Determined to maximize time, I start my list a day ahead and then watch it grow and grow like when I was eight and would drip water through a straw on the  accordion-like wrapper to watch it expand bigger (BTW, a fun trick every kid should learn).

 At Vons, I was grabbing milk, while reading down the grocery list I’d created inside my master list. You see,  food items are in a sub-list of my main list. Can you understand the organizational system that keeps me completely dependent on that damn list? Selecting chicken I was absorbed with what I planned to accomplish next;  buying a birthday gift,  making an ice-cream cake,  scheduling flu shots, buying a binder for my kid, vacuuming the dust bunny invasion and squeezing in a trip to the fabric store because I want to create a Unicyclerose shirt for the half-marathon (I know, I know. Corny, but you only live once people!) And blah, blah, blah, blah …. I feel like I’m chasing after the wind! Because of this chaos, I forgot my wallet in Vons, and put the fresh cabbage in my deep freezer then bought the wrong size binder!
I admit I am out of balance on my days off. My challenge is to slooow down. Join me? Let’s try to live in the present because history proves that when focused on the future  (instead of The Now) mistakes happen.  So I must slow down, List I go crazy!

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