Oh don't get me started on that one - you'll never shut me up. I could wax long and loud and lyrical about what I think I haven't got and what I haven't done and what I don't have in terms of smarts and looks and get up and go and how I nearly always feel about 20 steps behind everyone else in the whole wide world. But where would that get me in the end. What would that achieve except to bring us right back to where we are right now. And friend I say that's as good a place as any to start.
I had to remind myself that it's OK to start right where I am and its always ALWAYS OK to learn as I go and make mistakes and do things in my own way at my own pace. That goes for you too. And yes sometimes it takes a bit of trial and error to work out your own style and your own pace. But mistakes and working stuff out as you go is part of the process and its OK
Do anything for twelve days straight and it will make a difference. Something will change or lift or be discovered or take flight. You'll get a grip or get an idea or see things clearer. You'll look better or feel better or maybe your house will too. Not by some far fangled magic or some secret method but in the simple act of doing the thing consistently, of going through the steps and doing the work. Surprised the heck out of me.
And with this last Christmas I was reminded all over again that being with the people I love wins out hands down without question over having everything go to plan OR ticking all the boxes on our "this is what we do at Christmas" list OR having the house all spruced and Christmas ready. Of course it's lovely when things do go to plan, when the food turns out how it's meant, when the house shines as I like it to and guests and or children, take your pick, behave the way they should. Lovely yes - but not essential to joy shared and thanks given and a good time being had. Not even nearly.
Here's the length and breadth and height and depth of my wisdom at present on how to live life when time seems short but things to do are relentlessly plentiful. Do one thing at a time. One thing at a time and I seem to get as much done as when I'm trying to spread myself between seven things all at once. Heres how it works.
Ducks in a row? Well yes they are. Literally. Two of them in fact. We've added a pair of fluffy tailed ducklings to our backyard brood because its spring and we couldn't help ourselves. They're growing fast, there are plans for a pond and a bigger enclosure and they make our backyard farm yard feel … Continue reading Ducks in a Row
Two's company, threes a crowd Except my front garden didn't get the memo Its wild and totally overgrown at the moment with fishbone fern that people still pay good money for in the shops, with agapanthus and seaside daisy and some other long reedy things that provide a bit of a screen from the road. They crowd in on one another - the more the merrier apparently and are only kept from going completely mad by the garden bed edging laid in a curvy romantic fashion by me years ago now.
I still go back to these words - - - small steps will often keep us going when we run out of steam with the grand gestures. Leeana Tankersley Sometimes small steps are the only thing you can do when time and money, energy and ability and plain old priorities count the "grand gestures" out for the time being - - - and sometimes taking one small step can seem like the grandest gesture of all.