Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Puzzle of Balance

Day Two of practicing self-discipline and I haven’t fallen off balance … yet. Daniel came home from school sick, so we are loafing at home today. I admit I was happy to skip work. It was wonderful to see my students and their Christmas decorations draping fourth grade (still staying up by the popular nine-year-old vote), however, my body is lazy and tired … Snap out of it!
Chillin' with my sickie
 Because of this challenge to shed “Festive Mode” and regain self-discipline, I have gone without my usual holiday “Eat, drink, and be merry” whenever I want routine. For the record, I am NOT giving up sweets or wine. Are you crazy? Vices are reserved for weekends; at least that’s the plan. The result, I hope, is a  healthier, better-balanced life.

I realize to avoid snacking, my hands, and mind must stay busy because I’m a high energy gal. Funneling my “oomph” is key. THIS is where my busy body finds a solution in the simple joy of puzzle building.
If I want to eat junk (call me Candy Queen), I puzzle.
If I want a glass of wine, I puzzle.
Thanks Janet! Who knew the Baryard Strut is what I needed?
At the rate I feel temptation, it’s possible this Chicken Puzzle be done in a week! 
 Honestly though, it feels good to connect Baby Blobs of puzzle pieces to form a Big Momma piece. Not sure why, I do know that building a puzzle provides quiet time and a sense of accomplishment. On my living room puzzle table, I find peace and some back pain from hunching over.  Like reading a good book, puzzling keeps me in self-discipline mode and brings balance to a busy life that’s hungry for restored steadiness.
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of
power and love and self-control
2 Timothy 1:7

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