This is a far cry from what my 2 words for the year are supposed to be...Relaxed and Easy.
Now chaos is a little funny and a little sneaky...you've been doing and feeling great, relaxed, and easy and then bang, you are not.
You might not be able to find something(my computer for work) that you know you were using the night before. Piles maybe everywhere in your home and there is no food in the fridge.
You think to yourself "How the heck did I get here?"
I tried to prevent the chaos in the beginning of the week. I realized I had too many things on my schedule. And that my husband was going to be away for work. I did some rearranging. I cancelled a meeting. I was proactive. But it wasn't enough.
Realizing that the week was going to get messy and taking the steps to ease that fell short.
I could have...
- Asked my kids for more help
- Planned meals ahead of time
- Noticed that I had 2 extra special event commitments for work
And I did have right now, I realized.
I did decide....
- To take a bath
- To watch a motivational video
- That to regain my sanity I had to do one task at a time in my home
So that is how I preceded. I set a timer for 30 minutes and did the first thing that I noticed. Washed the dishes until I was done. Then I wiped down the counters and put the stuff away. Then I ran the sweeper. When that 30 minutes was up, I took a break for 10 minutes and wrote, then I went back to work...just progressing with one task at a time...
By the end, my house was straightened up, I found my computer for work, and I had more energy than I thought I would.
Guess what? I'm not perfect and neither are you. I'm doing the best I can and that is OK.
Noticing and learning to create a relaxed and easy life this year, might not be easy after all.
It comes down to noticing, being proactive, making sense of what I NEED to have the life I WANT, and making blunders, having chaos, and learning from it all and moving forward from all the messes I have created consciously and unconsciously.
Was it worth taking the bath and writing breaks in the mist of chaos? You betcha!
I hope you address chaos in your life with kindness and compassion to your self and others. Feel free to share how you cope below so we can all learn from each other!
(Written Feb 2017)