It seems that I am on the mend. I have a very low tolerance for being ill, so I wish things would hurry up and sort themselves out.
My stomach problem must have been a response to something I ate, because it was over with in less than 24 hours. But, I was also dealing with an eye infection, and that has lingered. My-Sister-The-Nurse was also feeling poorly, so we flipped a coin to see who would house Frankie on Friday night, and I WON!!!
We went out to breakfast Saturday morning. She was on her way to visit with Elegante Mother, and I needed to make a bank and Post Office run. I had a lovely time chatting with Frankie. I moaned about the need to put away Christmas things and the ever present need to clean my basement, and she told me about an exercise she does with the students at her school.
She asks the kids to take a minute to envision their lives 20 years from now. And then asks what their lives might be like just five years from now. Then, she asks what their lives might be like 6 months from now. She talks them through the possibilities, and then asks what's keeping them from achieving those possibilities. Her students are kids at risk of loosing the opportunity to complete their public school education, so some of the answers could be lack of family support, making poor choices in friends, doing drugs, having to work to support themselves, or not getting enough rest or study time. The final step is to encourage the kids to determine how to turn things around.
Applied to my life, in ten years, I'd like to have simplified my life. I'd like to have less clutter, fewer material things to deal with, and the freedom to travel. A slimmer, trimmer me, would also be nice. Five years from now, I'd like to have a CLEAN BASEMENT. I'd like to have all the business files sorted, and culled, the holiday decorations limited and stored, the clothing in storage given to those who need it more than I do, and the floors and walls of the basement swabbed down!
In six months, It will be gardening season, and I'd like to have some of this organization completed so that I don't have two major demands on my time at the same time.
What has been keeping me from getting the basement done? It's not laziness. When I work, I work hard, but I am overwhelmed by all that needs to be done. I don't like having to do this work alone, but with the exception of the business files, I'm really the one who has to decide if something stays or goes. I need to break things down into more manageable parts and chip away at the job until I can see some improvement. I also need to organize some help to remove all that needs to be thrown away.
Okay, sis.....give me some more guidance! I may be working in the basement today! *G*
So.....Frankie is home again after having visited with Elegante Mother. Dear Husband is back from Strictly Sail. I visited the PA and got some help for my eye infection, and I'm on the mend. Things are looking up, and I may even get my basement cleaned, yet!
I hope your weekend has been as good as mine!