Friday, April 13, 2018

New Day, Same Lesson

Good habits can unravel, best intentions need to be revisited and revised, when I fall... I gotta get back up, when off course... adjust the sails. Basically, the lesson I seem to need reminding of, again and again, is to do with entropy: The gradual decline to disorder, that things can come together, and they can fall apart. All too often, I get discouraged, or overwhelmed when things fall apart, when there is too much to do, when I get sick, or someone else needs extra care, when I've watched too much news, or faced plagues in succession. Actually, entropy is the first part of the lesson, and where I get stuck is between recognizing the entropy, it's natural and inevitable appearance, and impact, and accepting that I must start over. All too often, I feel like I have failed, like most of my efforts are exercises in futility... (not productive or empowering reactions,) and then I wallow a bit (quite a bit, honestly), and then I rationalize, and writhe and flail for a time. Oh, dear.

I wrote an entire paragraph about what I have come to believe are the origins of my attitudes and bad habits, and then I realized that none of that is particularly compelling to anyone, but a small self-satisfied and grasping part of my brain that wants to understand everything, and feel exonerated or absolved of wrongdoing. Sorry, brain, but this is just one of those things. You may have been duped or misled, but you simply must move forward. And so, to put it more simply... I am not good at maintaining order, and I feel incompetent and trounced, but here I go... it seems we are not moving, and fairies are no where to be found, so old patterns, and wishful thinking, will not do. I will pick myself up, and begin again.


Alicia said...


Natalie said...

Awwwww, I've been feeling the same. We are pretty awesome, keep up the good work! xo

Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

Hola! Las flores están super felices!

Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

You have? Oh, gosh... it's always such a comfort to find that one is not alone!
And it is work, isn't it? But, as you say "we are pretty awesome," I feel encouraged, so thank you.
And... I happen to be working out the details of a PDX visit, which has me very excited. I can't help but hope that a few days in the beautiful PNW will do my spirit and soles a world of good!